Firefighters Monday managed to put out a fire that broke out at an abandoned Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley town of Marj.
Lebanon reiterates right to liberate occupied lands
Lebanon Monday reiterated its right to liberate the remaining villages still occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Egyptian woman arrested over racy music video
Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who danced in a racy music video that went viral on the internet and referred her to misdemeanor court for "inciting...
Libyan tribes meet in Cairo
Hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders met in Cairo on Monday with Egyptian authorities hoping to enlist their help in preventing Islamist violence from spilling over their...
Asian mother, two children found dead near Paris
An Asian mother who fell from a fourth-floor apartment and her two young children, apparently stabbed, were found dead in Val-de-Marne southeast of Paris on Monday,...
All sides to blame for presidential vacuum: Berri
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has blamed all political parties for the failure to elect a head of state and warned that he sees no signs of a breakthrough in the...
Nasrallah vows to oust jihadis near Arsal
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah vowed Sunday to oust Islamist militants from the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.
Stakes rise in presidency crisis, no end in sight
As Lebanon’s presidential deadlock enters its second year, analysts say no breakthrough is likely to materialize soon and a regional deal to break the impasse is not...
Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who danced in a racy music video that went viral on the internet and referred her to misdemeanor court for "inciting debauchery."
Morocco jails three for homosexuality
Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday.
US, allies conduct 35 airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, Iraq
The United States and its allies carried out 10 airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and 25 strikes in Iraq since Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday.
Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack military base; no casualties
Turkey's military says suspected Kurdish militants have fired two mortar rounds at a military base in the country's southeast region, prompting the military to fire...
An Asian mother who fell from a fourth-floor apartment and her two young children, apparently stabbed, were found dead in Val-de-Marne southeast of Paris on Monday, witnesses and officials said.
Russia launches massive air force exercise with 250 aircraft
The Russian military has launched a massive exercise involving 250 aircraft and other weapons.
Boko Haram hacks to death 10 in NE Nigeria: local official
Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told AFP.
Demonstrator shot dead as protest erupts outside Burundi capital
A demonstrator was shot dead in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside...
French baker accused of trying to kill girlfriend with rolling pin
A baker has been arrested near the southern French city of Nice for allegedly attempting to kill his waitress girlfriend with a rolling pin, prosecutors said Monday.
Figures issued by the World Bank show 34.8 percent of Lebanese who are 15 years or older borrowed money, individually or jointly, from available sources in 2014.
Touch general manager resigns in surprise move
In a surprise move, the general manager of cellular operator touch Wassim Mansour submitted his resignation Friday, sources told The Daily Star.
IMF says Egypt tax delay means rich pay less
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances...
War pushes South Sudan’s economy to the brink
Soaring inflation and a likely currency collapse are adding to South Sudan’s woes after 17 months of civil war characterized by brutal attacks on civilians.
Fears grow eurozone economy will never recover
An unlikely buzzword is back in fashion in the top tiers of global financial officialdom: hysteresis.
BoB CEO urges diaspora to invest in Lebanon
A leading Lebanese banker Friday called on Lebanese businesses abroad to invest 5 percent of their profits in Lebanon’s private sector to stimulate the economy.
Salameh to launch bourse for startups
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh revealed plans to establish an electronic stock market dedicated to startups to allow them to sell their shares to the public.
April consumer prices down from March
Consumer prices fell by 0.49 percent for the month of April 2015 compared to March 2015, according to figures released by the Central Administration of Statistics (CAS).
The International Monetary Fund criticized Egypt’s decision to delay imposing capital gains tax on stocks because it means that the cost of shoring up public finances will be borne by “people who are less able to afford it.”
Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies
Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.
Dubai stocks decline as real estate shares drop
Real estate and construction companies dragged Dubai’s stocks to the lowest in five weeks as gauges across the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council retreated.
Iran's Rouhani wants to 'free' economy from sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Sunday for national unity to liberate the economy from international sanctions, which he compared to a form of occupation.
EM ready themselves for Fed’s acid test
Just like footballers before the World Cup final, central bankers in emerging markets are readying themselves for the biggest test of their careers: the first rate...
I would rather shine shoes than be a banker
Last Thursday, for the first time in my life, I had my shoes shined. I sat on a stool outside St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside and a man crouched at my feet and got busy...
Greece to keep repaying creditors as long as it can: official
Struggling Greece will keep on repaying for as long as it can its EU-IMF creditors, who have demanded reforms and withheld release of the country's remaining bailout...
French, Spanish and Italian stock markets fall
European stock markets edged lower early on Monday, tracking losses in the U.S. market after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was...
The liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation in May 2000 was a milestone in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Arc of interference
Iranian officials have recently made several high-profile visits to Syria, where they offered huge levels of financial and other support for the embattled regime of...
An opening for Iraq’s Shiite militias?
The fall of Ramadi on May 17 was a major setback in the fight against ISIS.
The inward turn of the United Kingdom is tragic
On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office – once held by...
Why a joint Arab force raises doubts
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military...
Future rests in a bunker
The leaders of dictatorial regimes are always in danger of falling deep into the “bunker mentality,” where their isolation is a prelude to a dramatic demise.
Geneva is undoubtedly a lovely city to visit, but the United Nations appears to be obsessed with hosting “peace talks” on Middle East crises as a default approach,...
Don’t rock the boat
While Lebanon remains in a precarious situation, any “initiatives” which seek to bide time and score political points are not just a waste of time but are potentially...
Western polarization has led to policy paralysis
Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated by the permutations and machinations of national politics. Today, I find myself focusing on broader political trends that...
The puzzle in liberal democracy is how it emerged
Nearly two decades ago, the political commentator Fareed Zakaria wrote a prophetic article called “The Rise of the Illiberal Democracy,” in which he worried about the...
Don’t let rich corporations dictate how we live
The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements.
When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm al-Sheikh that leaders had agreed to create a “joint Arab military force” to respond to security threats in the region, the idea was greeted with skepticism across much of the Arab world.
Most Americans live in the vanishing center
Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics – and a...
Internecine quarrels are helping ISIS in Iraq
President Barack Obama is right in pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi, the capital of the province of Anbar, last weekend.
Why Hezbollah may seek to change Taif
Tammam Salam made it clear earlier this week that the prospect of a resolution to the presidential crisis was slim. One doesn’t need the prime minister to reach a...
Baghdad must empower Sunnis or lose Iraq
The capture of Ramadi last weekend by ISIS fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul,...
Monaco, locked in a three-way tussle with Saint-Etienne and Marseille, booked the third and final French ticket to next season’s Champions League thanks to a season-closing 1-0 win over Lorient Saturday.
Fiorentina into League, Toni leapfrogs Tevez
Europa League semifinalists Fiorentina secured their place in next season’s competition with a stunning 3-2 win at Palermo, as Verona striker Luca Toni moved top of the...
Curry, Golden State rout Houston to take 3-0 lead
Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the...
Inspired Khatib leads Riyadi to 25th league title
Riyadi retained the Lebanese Basketball League title Friday after defeating UBA 93-71 to wrap up their finals series 4-1 and claim a 25th successive domestic crown and...
Colorful Federer’s mood darkened despite win
Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood...
Hull relegated as Newcastle survive final day
Hull City were relegated and Newcastle survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season Sunday when West Ham United announced that manager Sam...
Atletico, Valencia secure Champions League spots
Atletico Madrid secured a berth in the Champions League group stage for next season and Deportivo La Coruna narrowly escaped relegation when they came from two goals...
Palestinians to push forth with bid to oust Israel from FIFA
The head of the Palestine Football Association says he is pressing forth with his bid to oust Israel from FIFA despite efforts from its president to diffuse the crisis.
Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Warriors hold off Rockets to take 2-0 lead
Houston’s James Harden lost control of the ball as time expired, allowing Golden State to hang on for a 99-98 win against the Rockets Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in an...
Riyadi look to close out finals at home
Riyadi Beirut will hope to be celebrating their 25th title after they host UBA in Game 5 of the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese Basketball League at Manara...
Curry sparks Warriors to Game 1 victory
Stephen Curry won his personal duel with James Harden as the Golden State Warriors overcame an early deficit and survived a late scare to edge the Houston Rockets...
Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach Sunday.
All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, Courier says
Favorite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinal of the French Open, according to twice...
Wary Djokovic on brink of history
Novak Djokovic can become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam with a maiden French Open victory, but the world No. 1 steps into Roland Garros badly...
Sharapova ready to go distance again in Paris
Maria Sharapova has hit form at the perfect moment as she eyes a defense of her French Open crown, although old nemesis Serena Williams is lurking in the Parisian...
McEnroe: Expect Nadal to step it up in Paris
Seven-time Grand Slam John McEnroe knows how it feels when a tennis career starts going in the wrong direction.
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton’s chances with a needless pit stop.
Hamilton aims to deny Rosberg Monaco milestone
Lewis Hamilton hopes to be third time lucky in Monaco this weekend and take revenge on Nico Rosberg by denying his Mercedes teammate a hat-trick of wins in Formula...
Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will...
Hamilton staying at Mercedes until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced Wednesday.
Alonso gets his points prediction in early
Undeterred by his last points prediction coming back to bite him, Fernando Alonso has said he expects his misfiring McLaren F1 team to open their account for the season...
Daniel Cormier wore the conflict on his beaming face when he got the UFC’s light heavyweight title belt strapped around his waist in the same Vegas cage where he failed to win it a few months ago.
McIlroy not satisfied without more major titles
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has warned his rivals winning the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth this week would still leave him hungry for titles.
Oliver flies past to set alight Bird’s Nest
Justin Gatlin may have flown home but at least the Bird’s Nest Stadium could thrill instead to another 33-year-old American speedster, David Oliver, running the fastest...
Gatlin slams organizers before leaving Beijing
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin ran into a fresh row Tuesday when he flew home on the eve of the Beijing World Challenge meeting, angrily claiming organizers had...
Patriots owner will not appeal NFL penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday he will “reluctantly” accept rather than appeal a $1 million fine and loss of draft choices imposed by the NFL...
What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a sociopath, a rabid animal, a cocker spaniel, a demon and an angel.”
Got a baby? Need some gear? Tips from Baby Sho
How new or expectant parents navigate the megaworld of baby gear and its precursor, the megaworld of pregnancy gear, is an individual quest.
Women prisoners create stylish handbags
It all started with a bag. What if every woman in prison could stitch, bead or sequin her way to a more empowered life of purpose and financial independence?
Lebanon’s Mexican wave
Hola! Am I imagining things or are the Lebanese enjoying a Mexican moment?
Threading the needle in a Ferrari FF
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that life hardly ever goes according to plan, as demonstrated by the situation in which I currently find myself.
New law offers hope for U.K. pubs
Britain’s traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanize the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of...
White House gets busy to save the bees
The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the...
From Brando to Waco, bikers a slice of Americana
Marlon Brando played one in a movie.
Summer Fashion Week kicks off at St. Georges
High-heeled women strutted their way down the red carpet in perfect makeup and fashionable outfits past waiting cameramen.
Shy Lebanese can learn from Paula Yacoubian
Public speaking in any form can be intimidating for the best of us, especially in staged and unfamiliar environments.
Hobeika, Saab and Murad dress up Cannes
It goes without saying that Lebanese designers have wowed audiences at almost every global art or entertainment event.
Cayenne E-Hybrid: Green, but without compromise
There’s never been any doubt in my mind that Porsche would always stay ahead of the curve in all things automotive.
Plug-in hybrids: The good, the bad and the futile
Fuel prices may be on the decline these days, what with the oversupply of oil in international markets, but prices will eventually go up again, meaning efforts to...
Mazda 6 proves excellence is affordable
As much as I have a passion for cars, I can’t claim to follow every model of every marque ever produced, and in the case of Mazda, except for the 3, I really haven’t...
Common sense is as important as traffic laws
I don’t think anyone doubts that human error is the culprit behind the majority of car crashes.
Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.
Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul
Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul.
Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch
Apple Watch isn’t so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.
Colombian app builds rewards into bicycle culture
Bogota-based startup Biko is out to make bicycling pay off for riders in traffic-choked cities around the world.
First self-driving vehicle may have 18 wheels
Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands...
If you think that Hong Kong is just glass and steel, you are very much mistaken. Sure, this pearl of Asia is lustrous, but shuck the husk and you’ll discover profound riches that shine even brighter.
Exploring Budapest’s gritty 8th District
A gritty Budapest neighborhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.
Visiting Paris: What’s new, classics and more
The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.
Italy’s Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time
Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you are on a movie set – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi coast near Naples and Venice’s lagoons come to mind.
For Dubai biz travelers, soak up the sun and souq
If you’re visiting Dubai for a long stopover or business trip, make sure to leave a little space in your bag for a bathing suit, flip-flops and souvenirs.
Greece has about 300 indigenous grape varieties and these are featuring in the rebirth of the country’s wine industry, particularly in northern Greece.
A good reason to love your grill’s warming rack
If you’re like most Americans, the first thing you did when you brought home your new grill was remove the warming rack that sits above the grates.
Mastering vinaigrette to deliver maximum flavor
Most people reach for prepared salad dressings because on busy weeknights they just can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet something else.
Frittatas: the ultimate weeknight dinner
Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner.
A grill-friendly take on stuffed sweet potatoes
To be honest, it’s hard not to get inspired by potatoes, those deliciously crisp and creamy potatoes that are thinly sliced so they fan out accordion-style during...
Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music extravaganza.
Cannes films divide critics ahead of awards
As the Cannes festival bears down on its weekend awards ceremony, a look at the movies seen so far and their reviews reveal deep divisions among the critics.
Legendary B.B. King mourned by music world
Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp but powerful guitar licks ranked him among the instrument’s greatest masters, has died at 89, his daughter said early Friday.
Google, ex-F1 boss Max Mosley settle orgy image row: both parties
Google and ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley have settled a dispute over images from a sadomasochistic orgy involving Mosley, the U.S. tech company and Mosley's German...
Famed Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave dies at 78
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He...
Are pop songs dumb? Study offers evidence
Parents who say their children’s music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader’s reading level.
Caine, Keitel, Fonda drama sharply divides Cannes
Hollywood legends Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda premiered one of the most divisive contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, the ensemble...
Riviera gets raunchy as ‘Love’ comes to Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival got its first taste of full-blown controversy Thursday after a late-night session with director Gaspar Noe’s hyper-sexual 3-D tale, “Love.”
'King of the Blues' blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89
Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says.
Ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara defends lawsuit over frozen embryos
The ex-fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family", has defended his lawsuit seeking to take two frozen embryos the couple...
Singer Joni Mitchell still hospitalized, but not in a coma
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains hospitalized but alert and "has her full senses," her official website said Tuesday, denying various media...
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.
Mitchell may be released from hospital soon
Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a...
Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday
It was Eric Clapton’s birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour...
Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist...
Alabama Shakes rock their way to top of Billboard 200
Southern rockers Alabama Shakes scored their first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.
We shuffled down a flight of shallow stairs, squeezed past the sandbags piled to either side of the heavy metal doors, and filed into the darkness of the basement bomb shelter.
Icelandic film wins Cannes ‘Regard’ prize
An Icelandic movie about two sheepfarming brothers who have not spoken in 40 years but are brought together by an outbreak of a disease that threatens their flocks won...
Five female views from Beirut
A burly man straddles a motorbike, glowering at the camera. This is not your typical macho biker dude. Instead of leather boots, he’s wearing a pair of plastic...
Baalbeck announces a varied lineup
Aside from providing an excuse to turn on air conditioning, the present bout of blistering weather serves to remind Lebanese with disposable income of one thing – it’s...
Pianist looks to Syria’s musical past for peace
Malek Jandali may only have been alive for four decades but the award-winning composer insists he feels ancient, having revived some of the oldest melodies from his...