Thirty-nine people were hospitalized and 65 others treated on site during Thursday night’s anti-government protest in Downtown Beirut, medics said Friday.
Pandemonium reigns in Beirut over trash
Riot police dispersed protesters in Downtown Beirut late Thursday evening, arresting some of their leaders hours after demonstrators took to the streets demanding an...
Israel, Iran trade barbs at UN disarmament panel meeting
Israel and Iran exchanged sharp criticisms at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee on Friday, accusing each other of being a major...
Pentagon says corrects course in equipping Syrian rebels
The Pentagon said on Friday it would "pause" a failed program to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and instead shift course and...
Cameron and Merkel meet with EU on the menu
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to his country residence to discuss Britain's future in the European Union,...
New Commando Unit chief appointment derails deal
Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi Thursday appointed a new head of the Army Commando Unit, replacing Brig. Gen. Shamel Roukoz, a senior military official said, in a move...
Trash scheme still on hold
Lebanon will have to wait until next week at the earliest for officials to inaugurate new landfills in the country and bring the protracted trash crisis to a close,...
Lebanese army receives 50 Hellfire missiles from US
The Lebanese army has received a new batch of weapons from the United States, an embassy statement said Friday.
Israel and Iran exchanged sharp criticisms at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee on Friday, accusing each other of being a major destabilizing force in the Middle East.
UN 'disturbed' by Yemen airstrikes that killed 47 civilians
The U.N. humanitarian chief said Friday he is "deeply disturbed" by the reported 47 civilian deaths in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that hit a wedding party this week.
Egypt to restore King Tut mask after botched epoxy job
Egypt's state-run news agency says the restoration of King Tutankhamun's world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally...
Libyan authorities detain 300 African migrants
A Libyan official with the Islamist-backed government controlling the capital, Tripoli, says they have detained 300 African migrants captured while boarding boats...
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to his country residence to discuss Britain's future in the European Union, amongst other topics.
1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University
An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into gunfire Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University killed one person and wounded...
Ukraine's Naftogaz sends prepayment to Russia for gas
Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz has transferred a prepayment to Russia for gas supplies and plans to buy 2 billion cubic meters (bcm) in October, a spokeswoman...
Saudi Arabia protests Czech 'Satanic Verses' 27 years after uproar
Saudi Arabia summoned the Czech ambassador to protest against a new translation of Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses", state media said on Friday, 27 years after...
Russia says kills 300 insurgents in latest Syria strikes: RIA
Russia's Defence Ministry said on Friday its planes had struck the headquarters of the Liwa al-Haqq militant group in Syria, killing 200 insurgents, including two ISIS...
The Prime Minister’s Tender Office declined to disclose Thursday the names of the telecommunications firms that were supposed to operate Lebanon’s cellular networks, after the Shura Council ordered the participation of Cairo-based Orascom in the bidding process.
Tech hub sends 15 companies to London
Fifteen companies in the U.K. Lebanon Tech Hub’s flagship International Accelerator have been selected to proceed onto a six-month program in London to prepare their...
Israel claims oil discovery in Golan Heights
An Israeli newspaper claimed Thursday that a U.S. firm has discovered major oil reserves in the occupied Golan Heights.
Egypt’s $35B housing scheme: Dreams to reality
When Abu Dhabi-run contractor Arabtec signed a deal with the Egyptian government for a high-profile housing project it was seen as a sign of the Gulf Arab state’s...
Up to 430,000 VWs in U.S. need work
Volkswagen AG’s top U.S. executive told a congressional committee the automaker may have to retrofit about 430,000 diesel vehicles with costly add-on tanks or other...
Lebanon appoints lawyers for Imperial Jet case
Lebanon has appointed a team of lawyers to follow the arbitration case with the Imperial Jet company, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and Public Works and Transport...
Pesticides, climate change take toll on honey
Beekeeping in Lebanon can always represent a lucrative niche for those who provide care and attention to their bee colonies and hives.
Shura Council upholds Orascom bid
The Shura Council on Tuesday ordered the Prime Minister’s Tender Office to allow Cairo based Orascom to bid for the operation of one of Lebanon’s cellular networks, a...
Saudi Arabia said to order spending curbs
Saudi Arabia is ordering a series of cost-cutting measures as the slide in oil prices weighs on the kingdom’s budget, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Abu Dhabi exploring asset sales over oil slump
Abu Dhabi is reviewing its largest state-owned companies as the slump in crude oil pressures the emirate’s finances, four people with knowledge of the matter said.
Islamic halal economy set to grow: experts
The halal economy is set to grow as the world’s Muslim population expands and more products are certified to comply with Islamic Shariah law, experts said Tuesday.
Volkswagen AG’s top U.S. executive told a congressional committee the automaker may have to retrofit about 430,000 diesel vehicles with costly add-on tanks or other equipment in order to meet emissions standards, a process that could take years.
Lagarde: China’s economic shift will be bumpy
China is undergoing an “enormous” economic and financial transformation that, while anticipated by Chinese policymakers, will still create some turbulence for the...
Jobless claims fall to near a 42-year low
The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to near a 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tightening in the...
Canada unemployment rate rises to 7.1% in September
A key driver of voting intentions in upcoming legislative elections, employment in Canada has seen little change in the past four months, the government statistical...
UAW reaches tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler on new contract
The United Auto Workers U.S. union has reached a tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on a new four-year contract, the Union said early Thursday.
History has shown that armies that involve themselves in the internal conflicts of other countries more often than not end up caught in a quagmire from which they can’t extricate themselves.
Drums of sectarianism
Someone had better remind Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that the people of Lebanon and the Middle East do not suffer from amnesia.
Only Gul can denounce Erdogan’s authoritarianism
Many historians and economists insist that we live in an age shaped by vast and impersonal forces.
Time for Libya to implement Plan A
Libya’s U.N. special envoy Bernardino Leon announced on Sept. 21 that the text of the U.N. agreement for a unity government based on Libya’s political dialogue is final...
Arabs see Putin’s version of soft power
Last week, President Barack Obama cast doubt on the Russian intervention in Syria.
Burying the peace process
Nothing is more illustrative of ill intent than when someone waits until attention has shifted elsewhere so he can carry out a calculated act of lawlessness.
A militia is born
One might think the stately halls of the Lebanese Parliament would inspire statesmen to pursue fine democratic principles in service of Lebanon’s people.
Bear out of its slumber
Beyond catching the world by surprise, it appears that Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict has shattered quite a few myths, chief among them the theory that...
Germany must separate refugees from migrants
Migrants seeking to escape poverty and war are flowing into Europe by the hundreds of thousands.
With refugees, EU must assert humanistic values
Until a few weeks ago, Europeans believed they lived in a kind of sanctuary, insulated from the world’s current conflicts.
In crisis, Europe must look for opportunities
The Chinese often point out that in their language the character for crisis and opportunity are one and the same.
Quietly, diplomacy is moving forward in AfPak
Last weekend’s deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the...
Why Arab violence spiked this week
Nobody should be surprised that the two oldest and most virulent sources of political tension and nationalist resistance across the Arab world have both spiked in the...
The world of Qatari women can define our future
The Arab states of the Gulf remain some of the most novel and fascinating developmental experiences anywhere in the world.
Washington is watching Saudi affairs very closely
President Barack Obama’s meeting last Friday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman came as U.S. officials are anxiously watching a potential succession rivalry between the...
Lebanon kept alive their World Cup qualification hopes Wednesday with a 2-0 win over minnows Myanmar as they moved to within touching distance of second-place Kuwait in Group G.
Northern Ireland, Portugal book Euro 2016 places
Northern Ireland qualified for the European Championship for the first time in emphatic style with a deserved 3-1 home victory over Greece at a raucous Windsor Park...
Sagesse win case against former star Khazzouh
Sagesse Wednesday won their case against former star center Julian Khazzouh at the BAT, after the Lebanese-Australian player abruptly left the club last season just two...
China win Asia title, qualify for Olympics
China’s men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late Saturday to secure a...
Holmes and Watson open Presidents Cup US defense
Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes will lead the U.S. defense of the Presidents Cup against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when the 11th edition begins Thursday for the...
Liverpool appoint charismatic Klopp as manager
Liverpool confirmed German coach Jurgen Klopp as their new manager Thursday in a deal worth a reported $6.1 million a year.
Man City's Aguero injured on Argentina duty
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero sustained an injury to his left hamstring during Argentina's 2-0 loss to Ecuador in World Cup qualifying, the Premier League club...
Klopp promises 'full throttle' Liverpool
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club's fans Friday that the team will play at "full throttle" under him following his appointment as the successor to...
Sagesse Wednesday won their case against former star center Julian Khazzouh at the BAT, after the Lebanese-Australian player abruptly left the club last season just two days before the start of the league playoffs.
Valiant Cedars bow out after Philippines loss
Lebanon bowed out of the Asian Championship Thursday after losing at the hands of the Philippines 82-70 in the quarterfinals. The Cedars.
Philippines knock Lebanon out of Asian Championship
Lebanon bowed out from the Asian Championship after losing at the hands of the Philippines 70-82 Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Lebanon bullish ahead of Philippines faceoff
Hoping for a return to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, Lebanon Thursday face 2013 runners-up Philippines in the quarterfinal stage of the FIBA ASIA...
Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes will lead the U.S. defense of the Presidents Cup against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when the 11th edition begins Thursday for the first time on Asian soil.
Mickelso intangibles too tough to overlook: Haas
It has been a sub-par year by Phil Mickelson’s own lofty standards, and some eyebrows were raised when he was selected for the Presidents Cup, but for U.S. skipper Jay...
Day wants Presidents showdown with Spieth
Jason Day would relish the chance to go head-to-head with world No. 1 Jordan Spieth in the Presidents Cup but the Australian hotshot knows the showdown may not...
Rio 2016 to cut costs to avoid overspending
The organizing committee for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is pressing for savings to avoid going over its 7.4 billion real budget ($1.9 billion) by about 10...
IAAF will do everything to protect clean athletes
Athletics has been at the forefront in the fight against doping and its world governing body will do everything to protect the clean athletes, president Sebastian Coe...
Rafael Nadal sparked his China Open campaign into life Wednesday as he stormed into the quarterfinals with a much-improved 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.
Nadal thrown by ex-ball boy, Djokovic on fire
Rafael Nadal stuttered to victory against one of his former ball boys at the China Open Tuesday as top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept imperiously to his 25th straight win...
Uncle Toni opens door to ‘supercoach’ for Nadal
Rafael Nadal’s lifelong mentor, his uncle Toni, has opened the door to hiring a “supercoach” if the 14-time Grand Slam-winner fails to recapture his spark next season.
Bouchard’s concussion comeback ends in tears
Eugenie Bouchard’s comeback match from concussion ended in tears Monday when dizzy spells forced her to retire from her China Open first-round match against Andrea...
Halep injury plunges WTA Finals spot into doubt
World No. 2 Simona Halep lasted less than a set before retiring injured at the China Open Sunday, plunging her appearance at the WTA Finals into doubt.
Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone says the motorsport series could be sold this year and there are three interested buyers.
Mick Jr. keeps Schumacher flag flying
The Schumacher name looks set to continue in motorsport after Mick Jr., son of Germany’s seven-time Formula One world champion, finished his debut Formula Four season...
McLaren confirm Button to race on in 2016
Jenson Button will race for McLaren again next season, the Formula One team confirmed Thursday with a statement that ended speculation the 2009 world champion was...
Verstappen speeds past another milestone
Formula One’s first 17-year-old racer became the sport’s first 18-year-old driver Wednesday and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen celebrated his birthday by passing his test...
Renault deal saves Lotus from administration
French carmaker Renault Monday announced it would buy a majority stake in the Lotus Formula One motor racing team, allowing the financially stretched outfit to stave...
Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for works that the judges called “a monument to suffering and courage.”
Drama ‘Suffragette’ opens London Film Festival
The London Film Festival opened Wednesday with “Suffragette,” the story of Britain’s feminist movement that fought for women’s voting rights in the early 20th century.
Americans destroy others: Depardieu
Gerard Depardieu played a Frenchman desperate to do anything to live in America in the 1990 movie “Green Card,” but in a new interview, he shows little love for the U.S.
Craig: Rather slit wrists than play Bond again
Daniel Craig, the British actor who later this month will be appearing as James Bond for the fourth time in “Spectre,” has told an interviewer he would rather slit his...
Bill Cosby deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit expected Friday
Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but...
Alexievich loves Russia but not one of Putin
Nobel Prize-winning Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich said at a Minsk press conference Thursday that she loved the Russia of “ballet, literature and ballet” but not...
BIFF films face screening permit troubles
Spokesmen for the Beirut International Film Festival announced Wednesday that BIFF would not project two films on its 2015 program, as neither has secured a permit from...
Sursock rebooted as interactive museum
From nighttime walks around the city to workshops on art conservation, Beirut’s Sursock Museum reopens this week, touting itself Lebanon’s first interactive museum of...
‘X-Files’ makes its TV comeback, after 13 years
The truth is out there. Fans of “The X-Files” always knew, and now agents Mulder and Scully are back to digging it out after a 13-year hiatus from the small screen.
Twilight marks 10th anniversary with a twist
The hugely successful “Twilight” vampire romance series is marking its 10th anniversary with a twist – a gender swap.
London Film Festival puts focus on women, onscreen and off
The London Film Festival opens Wednesday with "Suffragette," the story of British women who fought for the right to vote - a milestone on a journey to equality that...
Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but little was known about when or where the deposition would take place.
Model sues Bill Cosby over alleged 2008 sexual assault
A model who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 sued the comedian Tuesday for sexual assault
Cosby seeking defense lawyer for Pennsylvania criminal probe
Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.
Putin gives Roy Jones Jr. Russian citizenship
Vladimir Putin has given Russian citizenship to former world heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.
It can’t be easy to be the kid sister of the King of Pop, but Janet Jackson pulled it off in the 1980s as she became a music legend in her own right.
Grateful Dead, John Mayer giving away 10K tickets to NY show
Members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer are giving away 10,000 free tickets to their concert next month
Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein turns 90
Newport Jazz Festival Founder George Wein was singing the blues just hours before turning 90 on Saturday.
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again
Pope Francis to release pop-rock album on Nov. 27
Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.
Rapper Kanye West, whose growing presence in the fashion world has drawn mixed reaction, says he faces discrimination for being straight.
Louis Vuitton goes ‘Mad Max’ chic in Paris
If Mad Max’s female companions ever go shopping in their dystopian desert future-world, Louis Vuitton just might have an outfit to suit.
Google to get news to smartphones faster
Google laid out a plan Wednesday to make tapping into news on mobile devices faster, keeping eyeballs on stories and people visiting websites.
Austria launches language app for migrant children
Austria's government, under pressure from the far-right over the migrant crisis, announced Thursday a new app for smartphones and tablets to help foreign children learn...
Time to start thinking about a coat
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Tax hike on Greek drink threatens town’s future
At Statiris Tavern, the patrons’ faces are hardened from a life of hard work – truck drivers, builders and farmers who’ve just ended their grueling grape harvest.
AB InBev makes $104 billion bid for rival brewer SABMiller
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, launched an improved offer for SABMiller Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its...
Lagerfeld’s perfect trip on Chanel Airlines
Crowded airports, long security lines and flight delays.
'Harry Potter' e-books come to life in new Apple edition
You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life
Twitter simplifies grabbing onto hot ‘Moments’
Twitter made it easier Tuesday to seize hot tweets and high-profile posts from the flood of real-time commentary at the one-to-many messaging service.
DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize
Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Curli-Q cakes make customers swoon
Upbeat rock music and colorful light beams animated Sourati Street in Hamra for the official opening of Curli-Q, a specialty cake shop and café.
A gourmet experience to tickle your senses
The aroma of the spices was enough to arouse an appetite in nearly everyone at the dinner table.
Zaitunay Bay hosts eid fashion and art fair
The Zaitunay Bay boardwalk was lined with more than 50 kiosks featuring handmade jewelry, clothes and home accessories, as part of Afkart’s annual Fall for Art event...
Whose life is it anyway?
This is the headline story that grabbed my attention at the newsstand last week: “Amal’s Very Modern Marriage Pact: How She’s Rewriting The Hollywood Rulebook.” Two...
The road winds across the spine of the mountains, past a seemingly endless wilderness of heather-covered bogs, lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and trails.
Japanese climber with no fingers abandons bid to scale Everest
A Japanese climber who lost all his fingertips to frostbite and was trying to become the first person to conquer Mount Everest since its worst disaster has abandoned...
Japanese climber with one finger nears Everest summit again
A Japanese climber with only one finger due to frostbite, who last month failed to reach the top of Mount Everest, will make his final push for the summit late...
Versace glams up camouflage with animal prints
From military jackets worn as mini dresses to brightly-colored animal prints, Italian luxury goods maker Versace showcased a women's wear collection at Milan Fashion...
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from trying out and reviewing all these cars over the past year it’s that even the most unassuming vehicle can surprise you, and GMC’s Terrain is no exception.
Tokyo auto show to highlight 'smart' green cars
The Tokyo Motor Show, opening to the public Oct. 30 at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall, will be packed with futuristic eye-catching vehicles that drive themselves,...
Jeep Wrangler modernized but a warrior at heart
It’s quite the compliment when people genericize your name to refer to the competition.
Ferrari California T: Legend for a new generation
Most cars are just that, cars. They get you from A to B, usually with little drama and less flair.
A journey born of the heart
Hassan Haidar, owner of Scuderia Lebanon s.a.l., the official Ferrari importer in Lebanon, takes The Daily Star on a tour into the exclusive world of Ferrari ownership...
A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.
Genzyme reports positive data for multiple sclerosis treatment
Genzyme, the rare disease unit of French drug company Sanofi, said Thursday five-year investigatory data from the extension study of its medication Lemtrada, sold in...
Cell Therapy Catapult launches cell history
The Cell Therapy Catapult, the organisation dedicated to the growth of the U.K. cell and gene therapy industry by bridging the gap between scientific research and...
Britain tops world Quality of Death index
Britain topped an 80-country “quality of death” study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide...
Scientists use stem cells to cure blindness
The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for...