Human Rights Watch condemned in a report Thursday Lebanese police’s use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other violent deterrence methods against protesters during the recent demonstrations in Downtown Beirut.
Civilian wounded after dispute with Army near AUBMC
Lebanese Army soldiers clash with an unknown civilian near the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Hamra, a security source told The Daily Star
Iran executes Kurdish activist, wary of Kurdish gains in Middle East
Iran executed a Kurdish activist accused of killing a public prosecutor, the second such case this month, rights groups says, as Iran, unsettled by Kurdish gains in the...
US, allies hit ISIS in Iraq with 21 airstrikes: military
A coalition led by the United States pummels ISIS targets with 21 airstrikes concentrated near the cities of Baji and Tuz, according to a statement
Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa
Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said...
Protests persist as trash piles up
Hundreds of people kept up their protests against the government in central Beirut Wednesday as a garbage crisis worsened with fresh piles of trash accumulating in the...
Government compromise likely ahead of key session
A compromise to break the Cabinet deadlock appeared likely ahead of a government meeting Thursday that will look into securing salaries for public sector employees and...
Two-day truce in Zabadani set to start
A 48-hour truce will begin Thursday morning in the Syrian town of Zabadani and two villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said.
Iran executed a Kurdish activist accused of killing a public prosecutor, the second such case this month, rights groups says, as Iran, unsettled by Kurdish gains in the region, tightens the screws on its Kurdish minority
US believes British hacker for ISIS was killed in airstrike
Defense officials say the U.S. military believes a recent airstrike killed Junaid Hussain, a British hacker for ISIS
Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem
Ultra-nationalist Israelis have taken over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area
Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya; many feared dead
A boat packed with migrants sank off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara on Thursday and officials say hundreds might have died
Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
Bangladesh arrest two suspected Islamists over blogger murder
Bangladesh police arrest two suspected members of a banned Islamist group over the brutal killing of an atheist blogger, an official says
Merkel says migrant crisis a 'huge challenge' for Balkans
Western Balkan countries are facing 'huge challenges' due to the tide of migrants trying to reach the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says
Thai court issues arrest warrant for suspect over second blast
AThai court issues an arrest warrant for a man over a blast near a Bangkok pier last week which caused no injuries but came a day after the capital was struck by a...
Suspected jihadi recruiter jailed in Spain
A Spanish judge orders a Moroccan man to jail on provisional charges of coordinating a cell that recruited jihadi fighters from Spain and Morocco for ISIS
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 from 330 kg to 500 kg.
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.
Mideast stocks fall as Saudi Arabia
Most Middle Eastern stock markets declined amid mounting concern the region’s largest economy will cut spending after oil prices slumped to the lowest since 2009.
Saudi Arabia breaks Gulf silence on peg
Saudi Arabia’s pledge to maintain its dollar currency peg, amid oil’s slump to a six-year low, is likely to be followed by its smaller Gulf neighbors.
Germany’s China exports turn into risk
Germany’s export exposure to China, for years a source of economic strength, is fast turning into a risk that raises questions about the health of other sources of...
Fuel prices fall further as oil maintains slide
Prices of fuel in Lebanon continued to decrease Wednesday, with 95-octane and 98-octane gasoline falling by LL600 and now priced at LL23,800 and LL24,400 respectively.
Khalil says can pay salaries if Cabinet approves move
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Tuesday the treasury could pay the salaries of civil servants and military personnel from the reserves provided the Cabinet...
Street protests send tourists packing
Street riots and the absence of Arab tourists dashed any remaining hope for the revival of the tourism season as many hotels reported a large number of room cancelations.
How a currency crisis in Iraq risks fight vs ISIS
Any currency crisis usually comes with dire consequences for a country, and the threat of one in Iraq shows how the impact can go beyond the economy and markets.
Without Saudis, talk of OPEC meet is noise
Once upon a time, talk of an emergency OPEC meeting would have rippled through oil markets, likely triggering at least a brief rally in prices.
Middle East brings solace to oil services firms
Demand for oil services is rising in the Middle East even as the rout in crude prices forces major producers to shelve costly projects elsewhere in the world.
Germany’s export exposure to China, for years a source of economic strength, is fast turning into a risk that raises questions about the health of other sources of growth in Europe’s largest economy.
Dollar fails to get safety bid from volatility
Most bouts of global market volatility in recent years have featured one constant: The U.S. dollar strengthens as investors clamor for the perceived safety of U.S....
European shares end down after Syngenta slumps
European shares ended nearly 2 percent lower Wednesday after a volatile session, hit by a late drop in Syngenta after Monsanto dropped its offer for the company.
China cuts rates, reserve ratio after stocks fall
China’s central bank cut interest rates and lowered the amount of reserves banks must hold for the second time in two months Tuesday, ratcheting up support for a...
Russia trims GDP forecasts
Russia lowered its economic forecasts for this year and the next as a renewed plunge in energy prices sank the ruble and sanctions over Ukraine looked set to persist.
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 it for so long.
There is no doubt the trash problem has sparked one of the worst political crises to rock Lebanon in the past seven years.
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.”
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 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,...
Politicians should listen
The demonstrators who marched through Beirut’s streets over the weekend were from all walks of life, all corners of the country, all sects and all parties, for the...
For the first time since 1973, rockets launched in Syria hit the Galilee in Israel Thursday.
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 more apt.
The corporate governance landscape is shifting
Around the world, the corporate governance landscape is shifting, as efforts to improve business practices and policies gain support and momentum.
A positive step for Libya
The situation in Libya has reached a point of utmost gravity.
Why did the Iran deal take so long?
The nuclear deal reached in July by Iran and its international interlocutors marks an obvious turning point in the Islamic Republic’s relations with the outside world,...
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 Hezbollah continues to insist that it does not seek the resignation of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, the party has done virtually everything to bring about such an outcome, most recently announcing it would participate with the Aounists in street demonstrations.
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...
The Iranian-Saudi rivalry is overdone
During a delightful lunch in Beirut a few days ago with a good friend and colleague from the UAE during which we discussed a wide range of current developments around...
America has its Bay of Pigs moment in Syria
America’s botched effort last month to support a Syrian moderate rebel group known as “Division 30” was a chain of errors that recalls, in a small way, the 1961 Bay of...
Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favorable hands in the Champions League draw in Monaco
Sevilla complete signing of forward Llorente from Juve
Sevilla have completed the signing of forward Fernando Llorente from Juventus and the 30-year-old former Spain international has agreed a three-year contract, the...
Bolt wins fourth world 200m title
Jamaican Usain Bolt outstripps American rival Justin Gatlin to win his fourth consecutive world 200m title to add to the 100m gold he won at the weekend.
Positive doping tests eclipse Kenyan double
A sparkling Kenyan double at the world championships in Beijing Wednesday was overshadowed by news that two Kenyans had failed precompetition drugs tests.
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...
Balotelli blames Rodgers tactics for poor Liverpool stint
Maverick striker Mario Balotelli blames his poor Liverpool stint on manager Brendan Rodgers' tactics after completing his season-long loan move to AC Milan
Wolfsburg deny agreement with City for De Bruyne
VfL Wolfsburg denies German media reports they have agreed a transfer fee with Manchester City for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, but admit they are negotiating
Lax Cedars undone late in friendly goal-fest
Some naïve defending prevented Lebanon from a timely fillip ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifier after the Cedars succumbed to a last-gasp goal in their 3-2 loss...
FINA clears Sun over altercation at worlds
Swimming’s world governing body has cleared Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang of any wrongdoing following complaints over his behavior at this month’s world...
Bolt, Gatlin set up world 200-meter shootout
Sprint king Usain Bolt and American rival Justin Gatlin swept into the 200-meter final with consummate ease Wednesday as they prepared to resume hostilities at the...
Rudisha storms to 800-meter title
Kenya’s David Rudisha claimed a second world 800-meter title with a smart tactical race in Beijing Tuesday.
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 cockpits.
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...
Hamilton cruises to dream win in Belgium
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position Sunday to stretch his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with...
Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle.
Federer eyes U.S. Open after downing Djokovic
Roger Federer moved into pole position for a U.S. Open title run Sunday, capturing his seventh Cincinnati Masters with a dominant 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic.
Serena wins Cincinnati title
Defending champion Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tuneup in style by beating Romanian third seed Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) to win the Western & Southern...
Murray sets up revenge chance against Federer
Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.
Wawrinka unhappy over Kyrgios apology
Stan Wawrinka accused Aussie Nick Kyrgios of failing to properly apologize for his lurid outburst toward the Swiss star here Wednesday after struggling into the third...
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.
Commercial cinema consumption is all about information.
Cumberbatch’s hoodie-wearing Hamlet wows fans
Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a “Hamlet” for our time in London in a production that played to his strengths, dresses up Shakespeare for a younger crowd and had the...
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.
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.
How Orson Welles, John Huston attempted last film
Few great movie directors end their careers on a high note.
Iranian epic Muhammad aims to change Islam image
The award-winning director of Iran’s most expensive film, “Muhammad,” says he hopes it will improve Islam’s “violent image,” but the religious epic risks angering many...
Taiwan boy accidentally damages $1.5M Italian painting
A 12-year-old boy accidentally punched a hole through a $1.5 million centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped and fell into the piece during an exhibition in...
'All in the Family' producer Bud Yorkin dies at 89
Bud Yorkin, a director and producer who helped forge a new brand of topical TV comedy with the 1970s hit "All in the Family," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said.
Tracy Morgan to host 'SNL' after car crash injuries
US actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will host 'Saturday Night Live' in October, NBC says, his first major TV performance after suffering serious injuries in a highway...
One Direction wins at 17th Teen Choice Awards
The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its support behind the hit series “Empire,” honored late “Furious 7” star Paul Walker and paid homage to Britney Spears.
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.
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.
Billy Joel headlines last concert at NY's Nassau Coliseum
Billy Joel opened his final show at the soon-to-be shuttered Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum with his 1977 hit "Movin' Out."
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.
'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...
Russian extends travel time to International Space Station
The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days.
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...
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.
Things to know about France’s most storied medal
Three Americans and a British businessman were awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or Legion d’Honneur, Monday for subduing a gunman on a...
Australian winemakers court Asian taste buds
Wrapped tightly in sleeping bags to keep them from freezing in frigid conditions, Australian winemaker Sirromet’s bottles slowly make their way across the vast...
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 look up city information, access Wi-Fi, and charge their phones, all for free.
Japanese whisky arrives at the International Space Station
An unmanned cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies -- including Japanese whisky -- successfully docked at the International Space Station early Tuesday, officials...
Stuff you didn’t know you could do on Facebook
Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook?
New start-ups want to become the 'African Netflix'
A crop of new tech entrepreneurs from Africa and its diaspora are hoping to bridge the continent's growing middle class and booming film industry in a quest to become...
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.
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...
The granny hair movement
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...
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.
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 from Hyundai I’ve covered.
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...
What’s a crossover and is it right for you?
Before you answer that, ask yourself whether you know what a crossover is.
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.