Army investigates ISIS beheading claim
Syria rebels detain 43 U.N. peacekeepers in Golan
Iraqi forces retake villages on way to Amerli
Outrage grows over Russian role in Ukraine
Lebanon risks further power cuts due to strike
Since the formation of ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria, observers have turned their gaze toward Tripoli, a bastion of fundamentalist Sunni groups in Lebanon with a complicated relationship to the country’s modern borders.
Arrest warrant issued for ISIS commander
A Lebanese judge issued arrest warrants Thursday for two Syrian nationals, including the alleged ISIS commander whose apprehension by the Lebanese Army ignited bloody...
Gazan children left orphaned by bloody war
“She will call me Daddy and Mummy,” insisted 11-year-old Amir Hamad, cradling his infant sister in his arms after the Gaza war left him and his four siblings orphans.
Arab East Jerusalem seethes with protests, raids
Violent protests in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem have been raging nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza War, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which...
Afghanistan election result delayed again
Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country’s prolonged election crisis lurched toward...
EDL service provider warns employees over boycott
Measures will be taken against employees of an EDL service provider if they don’t abide by operating hours or are absent from their shifts, the company warns.
Bou Saab: Lebanon at war with militants
The education minister says Lebanon is in a state of war with thousands of militants who have infiltrated the border with Syria.
Gemayel: Muslims, Christians must unite
Amin Gemayel, says that extremist takfiri groups are as harmful to Muslims as they are to Christians, and calls for all sects to close ranks to combat the trend...
Whistles, no bikinis … Baywatch Gaza-style
It’s a world away from the glitz and glamour of “Baywatch,” but in time of war Gaza’s most devoted lifeguard is passionate about keeping the beach a little bit safer.
Aid flows in – but no construction materials
Vital humanitarian aid poured into Gaza Thursday as residents went about rebuilding their lives following a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that left...
Erdogan sworn in as president
Turkey’s outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Thursday sworn in as president to extend his decadelong rule, as opponents who accuse him oaf authoritarianism walked...
Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country’s prolonged election crisis lurched toward another damaging delay.
U.S. gun tourism grows in popularity
The death of a firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun...
Obama signals no immediate Syria strikes, says no US strategy yet
UN chief warns of dangerous escalation in Ukraine
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is alarmed by reports of fighting in east Ukraine spreading southward and warned of a dangerous escalation, his spokesman said Thursday.
Ukraine to bring back compulsory military service: Ukraine defence council
Ukraine, which is fighting a war in the east against separatists, is to re-introduce compulsory military service from this autumn, but conscripts will not serve in the...
The Finance Ministry announced Thursday that it had activated its online service for paying the value added tax.
Hotel owners propose measures to help tourism
The Association of Hotel Owners has called on the government to exempt tourists coming through Rafik Hariri International Airport from taxes and fees.
Iraqi Kurdistan oil shipments hit 8M barrels
Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs...
Foreign selling weighs on Qatar, UAE markets
Qatar’s bourse dropped sharply Thursday as selling by retail investors and frontier market funds more than offset inflows related to the country’s increased weighting...
Hackers said to loot gigabytes of JPMorgan data
Russian hackers attacked JPMorgan Chase & Co. and at least four other banks this month in a coordinated assault that resulted in the loss of gigabytes of customer data,...
Officials seek to boost ties between ALI, NSSF
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi called for the formation of a committee tasked with aiding cooperation between the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) and the...
Hotel owners warn sector facing bankruptcy
The Syndicate of Hotel Owners deplores the dramatic drop in tourism, warning the decline is forcing many hotels toward bankruptcy and closure.
Harb unveils telecoms upgrade plans
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb vowed Wednesday to expand the mobile network and crack down on jammers and repeaters in a bid to improve the quality of...
Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales defying Baghdad.
Turkey becoming a key player in medical tourism
Turkey is emerging as one of the destinations for medical tourism as the country tries to boost tourism revenue and narrow its current account deficit – its main...
Algeria to launch $262B five-year investment plan
Algeria will launch a new five-year investment plan worth $262 billion to boost domestic production and move its economy away from reliance on oil and gas, the...
Dubai World agrees deal to extend debt repayment
Dubai World, the state-owned firm at the center of the emirate’s 2009 financial crisis, reached a deal with its main creditors to extend the repayment of $10.3 billion...
Russian hackers attacked JPMorgan Chase & Co. and at least four other banks this month in a coordinated assault that resulted in the loss of gigabytes of customer data, according to two people familiar with the investigation.
U.S. second-quarter growth strengthens
The U.S. economy rebounded more strongly than initially thought in the second quarter with more of the growth being driven by domestic demand and less by restocking by...
India urges poor to open bank accounts
India’s state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market...
IMF to meet to hear about Lagarde case
The International Monetary Fund’s board will meet as early as this week to hear Managing Director Christine Lagarde explain her involvement in a French court decision...
French economy minister takes aim at 35-hour week
France's new pro-business Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is running into trouble with trade unions for suggesting companies could be allowed exemptions to France's...
U.S. President Barack Obama will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to discuss the threat posed by ISIS, and the irony will be in high gear.
Time for reflection
The Gaza of today does not resemble the Gaza of before this latest war, and nor should it.
With vacation over, Obama must fix what’s wrong
It’s “back to school” week for President Barack Obama, after what a CNN analyst called “the vacation from Hell.”
What Christians mean to Walid Jumblatt
Walid Jumblatt has faced a wave of criticism in recent days over his comments on the presidential election.
To isolate ISIS, we need a way forward in Syria
Nouri al-Maliki’s fitful departure from Iraq’s premiership recalled many other cliffhanger exits by unpopular political leaders.
Libya new terror hub
To avid Middle East watchers, Libya has appeared to be going the way of a failed state for some time now. Unfortunately, the U.S. and much of the West appears to have...
Height of audacity
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem used a news conference Monday to relay his regime’s latest thoughts on the topic of fighting terror, while contributing nothing...
Last August, Washington put the Middle East on a war footing in the wake of a chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus which killed hundreds of people.
Which antidote to the Islamic State?
So the United States is bombing targets in Iraq from the air, is active on the ground with hundreds of its special forces, and is exploring targets to bomb in Syria.
Foley’s murder only made the world angrier
The propagandists of the Islamic State must have imagined that their brutal video of the beheading of journalist James Foley would intimidate and terrorize the world.
A way around military futility in Gaza
There is neither symmetry nor equivalence in the capabilities or the suffering of Palestinians and Israelis who have battled each other nonstop since 1947-48.
Rouhani’s policies will not bring a bright future
Many key decision-makers and ideologists of the Islamic Republic of Iran have repeatedly expressed suspicion of the conventional paradigm of economic growth and...
After Gaza, a new Palestinian paradigm
The Israeli war on Gaza that began last July 8 produced a new consensus among Palestinians.
Three timelines are shaping the Middle East
Three distinct timelines are shaping developments in the Middle East: the short-term timeline of daily struggles and politics; the medium-term timeline of geopolitical...
How the U.S. deals with immigrant children
I’ve lived in the United States for six decades. I’ve worked with presidents and Cabinet secretaries, and with the most desperate refugees from around the world.
Champions Real Madrid will play five-time winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco Thursday.
Ronaldo wins another award for his museum
Cristiano Ronaldo, whose extra-time penalty put the seal on Real Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, was named UEFA’s Best Player...
Serena conquers wind and compatriot to progress
World No. 1 Serena Williams conquered the wind and another American challenger to take her place in the third round of the U.S. Open Thursday.
China’s Peng sends Radwanska to early exit
Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai supplied a shocking start to the second round of the U.S. Open by upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 on...
Rosberg: My version of events is different
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand...
Van Gaal warns against expecting Di Maria miracle
Louis van Gaal warned Manchester United fans against regarding Angel di Maria as “the miracle” when the Argentine was unveiled as United’s new No. 7 Thursday.
Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency
UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football Thursday, saying he “could not convince himself” that opposing...
Wenger backs Sanchez to fill Giroud’s shoes
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backed Alexis Sanchez to prove an able deputy for the injured Olivier Giroud after the Chilean forward fired his new club into the...
Murray and Williams victorious in U.S. Open
Some busy bees made life difficult for two grizzly veterans, and a pair of favorites were forced to work extra hard on the steamy opening day at the U.S. Open tennis...
US Open 2014: What to watch at year’s last major
Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005...
McEnroe: Djokovic still favorite for U.S. Open
Roger Federer is the form player going into next week’s U.S. Open but Novak Djokovic is favorite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John...
Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s version of events after the Mercedes teammates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday.
Hamilton wonders whether he can trust Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the track, after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, but has ruled...
Ricciardo wins at Spa after title rivals collide
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton provided the drama of the day by...
Five things to know before the Belgian Grand Prix
The intense title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continues at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, as the Formula One championship resumes following a...
Hamilton hopes to play his cards right
Lewis Hamilton says his Formula One title duel with Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg is like a game of poker but the dominant duo may not hold all...
Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) victory over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S. Open Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering.
Sarkis in talks to return to Champville
Head coach Ghassan Sarkis has confirmed to The Daily Star that negotiations are under way for him to take over his former club Champville in the upcoming season of the...
Decision on foreign players expected Tuesday
The Lebanese basketball federation is expected to decide Tuesday on the number of foreign players on each team of the domestic league for the upcoming season.
Khatib edges closer to China move
Lebanon star Fadi El-Khatib is on the brink of making a move to China CBA, according to well-informed sources close to the Daily Star.
Boisterous Ballmer rallies Clipper fans
A fist-pumping, high-fiving Steve Ballmer enthusiastically vowed to run a “hard core” NBA franchise that will win championships during a rally to introduce the new...
World record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has decided to end his 2014 season and will not compete in the 100-meter in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich, organizers said Sunday.
Phelps back a winner in international comeback
It was just like old times for Michael Phelps Friday. The world’s most decorated swimmer was on the top of the podium at the Pan Pacific championships, collecting...
Phelps confident of getting back to his best
Michael Phelps’ comeback to competitive swimming has been anything but smooth sailing.
Mickelson and Kuchar set their sights on Barclays
Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week’s Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical...
Syrian fencer likes cut and thrust of Youth Games
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games.
For a country as small as Lebanon, keeping an eye on its multitude of young fashion designers, with workshops from Dubai to London, can leave one spinning in circles
Cheesy zucchini fries with smoked paprika sauce
Those darn zucchinis! There’s an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big as a blimp.
Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South...
Ford planning new hybrid to compete with Prius
Ford Motor Co. has plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of...
Tour the streets of Paris with those who know them best - the homeless
What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally.
Fresh ingredients make three summer delights
Let’s get one thing clear – I am not proud of this recipe. And if it weren’t so ridiculously good, I’d be too humiliated to share it.
Gourmet food in a scrap yard setting
Inside a large blue shipping container in Mar Mikhael lies a secret world, where everything has a function but nothing does what it’s supposed to.
Healthy skepticism: Dispelling the diet myths
Lebanese have become more aware of eating well, but in an information-rich world, the line is easily blurred between sound diet advice and unfounded myths.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm’s latest effort to find a new growth driver.
Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact
At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality...
LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs
LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED...
Botox may slow tumor growth in stomach cancer
Botox has frozen the faces of countless Hollywood stars, and international researchers said Wednesday the toxic injections might also be able to stop cancer in its...
Go For the Food: Yes, do brunch in Rome
Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.
China fishes for growth with largest aquarium
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at...
Thailand ranks No. 1 in beachfront hotels
Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than...
Hungary's truffles add a mystery touch
Fallen branches crack under Istvan Bagi's muddy boots as he paces through a damp forest in the morning mist, tracking his trusty black Labrador on another outing for...
Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, pulled from sale Wednesday a striped children’s top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates in Nazi Germany.
Two new Maya civilization centers found in Mexico
Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire’s early capitals to the south that...
Poor social conditions poze threat to Amazon
The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation has...
Thirteen-year-old fashion designer finds success
At the age of 9, Isabella Rose Taylor – a painter since she was 3 – took a weeklong sewing class with an eye toward incorporating textiles into her artwork.
Tourists revel at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta
Half-naked revelers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo Wednesday in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s...
Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday.
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to...
Love thy neighbor, it’s good for the heart: study
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
John Lennon’s imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.
Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France
Angelina jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple says.
Police kill TV crew member while filming reality show 'Cops'
The filming of the reality show "Cops" turned deadly when US police firing on a man suspected of robbing a restaurant hit a TV sound man and killed him, police said...
Tony Soprano didn't die, show's creator reveals
Famed mob boss Tony Soprano did not die at the end of the iconic TV show's last season, its creator revealed Wednesday.
Film confronts Indonesian mass killings
Human blood is “both salty and sweet” to drink, a mass murderer explains in “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s stunning documentary, which premiered Thursday...
Shakira says pregnant with second child
Colombian pop star Shakira is expecting her second child with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, she said in an interview published Thursday.
William Greaves, TV host and filmmaker, dead at 87
William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from...
Judge lets 'X-Men' director's accuser drop lawsuit
A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled...
The filming of the reality show "Cops" turned deadly when US police firing on a man suspected of robbing a restaurant hit a TV sound man and killed him, police said Wednesday.
Meta and mad, 'The Congress' is a trip
"Very soon, this whole structure that we all love so much will be gone," prophesies Danny Huston's wide-grinning movie studio head in Ari Folman's "The Congress.
Ex-007 Brosnan back as spy in new action thriller
Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in "The November Man," an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses,...
'As Above' so-so
"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below.
Human blood is “both salty and sweet” to drink, a mass murderer explains in “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s stunning documentary, which premiered Thursday in Venice.
Keaton on form in Venice opener ‘Birdman
Michael Keaton opened the 71st Venice Film Festival Wednesday starring in “Birdman or the unexpected virtue of ignorance.”
What to watch out for at the Venice Film Festival
It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
Disney seeks drone-related air show patents
Walt Disney Co has filed for three drone-related patents that it says could lead to an era of aerial movie screens and larger-than-life puppets flying through the sky.
Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets
Europe's biggest street party the Notting Hill Carnival in London drew vast crowds on Sunday as revellers gathered for reggae, steel bands and dancing.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa knocked the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack from the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, scoring his first No. 1 album.
Placido Domingo seeks new opera stars
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo presented Tuesday the latest edition of Operalia, a competition he described as the "Olympics of the opera".
Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years
Ecstatic fans welcomed British pop singer Kate Bush back to the stage for her first show for 35 years on Tuesday, in the same venue as her only previous tour.
Prince to release new albums after record label bust-up
US pop star Prince will release two new albums at the end of September, his record label said on Tuesday, marking the end of one of the longest-running employment...
Ty Segall at height of his powers
Ty Segall, "Manipulator" (Drag City)
In another time and collective mental headspace Ty Segall might have been a pop star.