Israel intensifies Gaza onslaught
Wage hike breakthrough expected next week
Baghdad grounds Kurdish flights amid boycott
A wellspring of Lebanese jihadists
U.S. sanctions ‘Hezbollah-linked’ company
Mohammad al-Rifai, 64, hammers a nail into a wooden plank, glancing at a painting of a bed’s wooden headboard.
Arrest warrant issued for Syrian ‘recruiting’ rebels
Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein Thursday issued an arrest warrant for a Syrian man who allegedly recruited his fellow countrymen to attack Syrian regime forces.
Iraqi Shiite volunteers: More trouble than help?
The Iraqi soldier says he abandoned the army last week in despair. And while he still plans to fight he will not rejoin the unit he deserted in the city of Ramadi.
Dabiq: the smiling face of Iraq-Syria ‘caliphate’
Pictures of smiling locals, tales of life-changing experiences, articles glorifying centuries of heritage and predicting a bright future: If the “caliphate” straddling...
Spy scandal sees CIA’s Berlin chief expelled
Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country Thursday in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behavior of a close ally...
Lebanese Forces condemns Israeli offensive on Gaza
The Lebanese Forces Thursday condemned Israeli aggression toward Gaza, warning the international community that a prolonged crisis would plunge the entire region into...
UN official tours Hermel, Arsal
U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Ross Mountain toured Hermel and the border town of Arsal Thursday, reviewing the conditions of displaced Syrians and Lebanese host...
Truck crashes near Bikfaya shops
A large green Mercedes truck crashes near local shops in the Al-Amriyeh area of Bikfaya injuring the driver.
Turkey candidate launches ‘unity’ campaign
The main rival of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential election launched his campaign Thursday, positioning himself as a unifying figure against...
Bahrain charges opposition leader
Bahrain has charged the country’s most senior opposition leader and one of his aides with holding an illegal meeting with a U.S. diplomat, the public prosecutor’s...
EU slaps sanctions on S. Sudan military leaders
The European Union Thursday imposed travel bans and asset freezes on two South Sudanese military leaders it said were violating cease-fire pacts put in place to stop...
Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country Thursday in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the behavior of a close ally after officials unearthed two suspected U.S. spies.
Vote count fears in Indonesia presidency poll
Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo urged his supporters Thursday to carefully monitor vote-counting in a bitterly fought election amid concerns about cheating,...
Ethnicity, politics at root of CAR conflict
The bloodshed in the Central African Republic is often presented as pitting Muslims against Christians – an echo of other religious conflicts raging across the continent.
Texas gunman kills at least six, including children
A gunman killed at least four children and two adults during a domestic dispute in Texas on Wednesday that triggered a tense standoff with police.
US drone kills six in Pakistan
Pakistan's military says its anti-militant offensive in a northwestern area has now taken control of 80 percent of a strategic town, as a U.S. drone strike kills six...
Lebanon’s total exports to Iraq will see a sharp decline over the next few months due to the deteriorating security situation in the country that represents the fifth-largest recipient of Lebanese products, industry experts told The Daily Star.
Over 10,000 redundant teachers sap the state
Implementing badly needed reforms in government departments has been the goal of almost all successive governments.
Emirates finalizes $56 bln order for 150 Boeings
Dubai airline Emirates finalized a $56 billion order to buy 150 Boeing 777X jets Wednesday, firming up a commitment made last year, just weeks after scrapping an order...
Qatar slashes stake in London Stock Exchange
Qatar has sold a 5 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange for 260.1 million pounds ($442.6 million), cutting its holding by a third and making a profit of around 20...
Major public sector strike in Britain
A major public sector strike took place in Britain Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of workers rallying against the government’s austerity-driven spending cuts and...
Insurance firms defying economic odds
Lebanese insurance is among the very few sectors that are still recording a fair growth in an economy dragged down by years of political and security complications,...
Minister proposes a regulation of Syrian labor
Economy and Trade Minister Alain Hakim has proposed procedures for regulating the work of Syrians in Lebanon aimed at curbing competition caused by the massive influx...
No breakthrough yet on civil servants’ salaries
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and the budget and finance parliamentary committee have failed Tuesday to find an acceptable formula to pay the salaries of civil...
Dubai airline Emirates finalized a $56 billion order to buy 150 Boeing 777X jets Wednesday, firming up a commitment made last year, just weeks after scrapping an order with rival planemaker Airbus.
UAE’s Gulf Navigation cuts capital
United Arab emirates shipper Gulf Navigation said Wednesday it had cut its capital by two-thirds and written off accumulated losses worth 1.1 billion dirhams ($300...
Libya’s $66 billion wealth fund replaces chairman
The Libyan Investment Authority said it replaced its chairman, Abdulmagid Breish, amid an investigation into his role in the government of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Dubai real estate Nakheel posts surge in profits
Dubai’s Nakheel real estate giant, hit badly during the global debt crisis, said Wednesday its profits surged 54 percent in the first half of 2014 to reach $502.7...
A major public sector strike took place in Britain Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of workers rallying against the government’s austerity-driven spending cuts and pay restraint measures.
EU states must govern together, Draghi says
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi urged eurozone states to respect their joint fiscal rules and extend their cooperation to economic reforms, telling...
Fewer U.S. jobless claims last week than expected
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the job market continues to strengthen.
Argentines forget financial woe for final
Argentina’s economy is shrinking and its government is in a race against time to cut a deal staving off another painful debt default, but Argentines are finding some...
Carlos Slim to dismantle Mexican empire
Billionaire Carlos Slim is bowing to imminent antitrust legislation by planning a breakup of America Movil SAB’s phone operations in Mexico rather than risk...
It has become clear that the Israeli authorities were aware that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead from day one.
As Israel was busy firing hundreds of rockets at Gaza Tuesday evening, much of the Arab world was wrapped up in the admittedly enthralling Germany – Brazil World Cup...
How our region is preparing for suicide
It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas...
Wilsonianism still applies in the Middle East
As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Mideast, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the...
The Waziristan campaign may destabilize Pakistan
Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist...
As Israel appears wont to do every couple of years, it is bombarding the Gaza Strip, sentencing a population already under siege to brutal collective punishment.
Maliki exit path to hope
Despite growing unease over his tenure by allies in the West and the region, including internal partners in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears as determined...
MPs must be candid
Earlier this year, Lebanon experienced a wave of speculation about how its presidential election would play out.
It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas and Yemen, that this endeavor would provoke a backlash from the Sunni Arab states.
Palestinians won’t launch a new intifada
The last two weeks of attacks by Israelis and Palestinians and street clashes in Jerusalem have raised questions about whether Palestinians will launch a new intifada...
Qassem Suleimani has brought Iran much grief
With the sudden rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a little-noted aspect is that Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius...
Why Kuwait’s protests are important
The thousands of Arab demonstrators marching in the streets of an Arab capital city this week demanding political reform and the release of their jailed leaders were...
Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist bases and ending the region’s lawlessness.
A military affairs revolution sweeps East Asia
A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia.
How Lebanese decentralization can work
For decentralization in Lebanon to succeed, elected local officials endowed with wide prerogatives must have adequate fiscal resources to provide services and...
Clinton must be sensitive about wealth, poverty
Hillary Clinton is annoying people again. Recently, she said in an interview that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
Malaysia will suffer if Islam is used as a weapon
Recently, the highest court in Malaysia ruled that the Catholic Church could not use the word “Allah” in its publication, The Herald.
Germany have a secret plan to shut Argentina superstar Lionel Messi out of Sunday’s World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium.
Messi still missing signature World Cup moment
The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is saving his best for last.
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Home win for Hamilton after Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix Sunday and slashed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the...
Neymar to join Brazil for third place playoff
Brazil’s injured striker Neymar will attend Saturday’s third place playoff when the battered World Cup hosts take on the Netherlands.
How the Selecao must react after the Mineiraço
If there was ever a result to shake a nation to its core, this was it.
Sanchez completes Arsenal move
Arsenal have completed the signing of Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez, the Premier League club said Thursday.
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Bouchard to face Kvitova for title
Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach a grand slam singles final at Wimbledon Thursday and will tackle 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in a title matchup few...
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix Sunday and slashed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s Formula One lead to four points after the German retired for the first time this season.
Hamilton hopes to ‘home’ in on Rosberg lead
Silverstone celebrates its 50th grand prix this weekend with all eyes on Lewis Hamilton as the home favorite with a real chance of winning a race he cannot afford to...
Marquez aims for magic eight
Spanish world champion Marc Marquez is targeting a record eighth consecutive win at this weekend’s Dutch motorcycle Grand Prix, with Italian veteran Valentino Rossi...
Rosberg wins in Austria to stretch F1 lead
Nico Rosberg has won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two finish, stretching his championship lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton to 29 points after...
Schumacher out of coma, moved to Swiss hospital
Seven-time Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident last year, has come out of a coma and was transferred to...
Before LeBron James makes his next decision, Pat Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami.
Riyadi comeback secures 24th title
Riyadi battled to a 57-50 win over Sagesse to secure their 24th Lebanese Basketball League title in Game 6 of the 2014 finals Tuesday.
Abdelnour gives Riyadi 3-2 finals lead
Jean Abdelnour scored a sensational 25 points and powered Riyadi past archrivals Sagesse 88-82 in Game 5 to lead the best-of-seven final series of the Lebanese...
Big Three’s legacy defined by championships
Ever since they joined forces 12 years ago, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have been able to put personal goals aside and focus on winning championship rings.
Security fears prompt Game 5 to be postponed
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk postponed Game 5 of the Lebanese Basketball League’s final series, citing “security reasons” as the driving force behind the decision.
Chris Weidman unanimously outpointed Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 Saturday night to retain his middleweight title.
Machida looks to make history at UFC 175
In 21 years, only two Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors have held titles in separate weight classes: Randy Couture, a five-time champ at heavyweight and light...
Lebanese youths make a splash in Cyprus
Lebanon showed off its aquatic bona fides over the weekend, with two young Lebanese skiers placing first and second in their categories at an international waterskiing...
Dutch World Cup chances not RIP without RVP
Missing talismanic striker Robin van Persie, the Netherlands looked a pale imitation of the side that stuck five goals past Spain in their Group B opener, but Monday's...
Marquez looking to extend winning run
World champion Marc Marquez is expecting a fierce challenge from Valentino Rossi as he tries to extend his record-breaking win-streak at the Italian Grand Prix Sunday.
Designers across the program, from Dior to Versace, approached this season’s haute couture, their most expensive and critics would say excessive collections, with unified determination to modernize an antiquated exercise in handmade evening wear.
Light and dark contrast at Tony Ward
Lebanese designer Tony Ward Tuesday took aim at his ever-diversifying clientele with an equally varied line of haute couture based on the contrasts between lightness...
'Calm' Kardashian joins Emma Watson at Valentino
She says her life is a lot calmer since she married fashionista-rapper Kanye West.
Chanel spiky and modern at Paris fashion
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday delighted haute couture's new breed of deep-pocketed customer with a collection just like them -- young, modern and in many...
Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running...
Kid couture hits the catwalk in Paris
The industry’s most ostentatious and expensive womenswear hits Paris runways this week, when major fashion houses unveil their fall-winter couture collections.
Massaya carves theater from history, rock
Ancient rock, wine, organic grains, culture, mountain air with tinges of nostalgia – these are the elements that Sami and Ramzi Ghosn, the sibling duo behind Massaya...
Designing Arab nostalgia in the modern age
Increasingly a stroll down one of Beirut’s busy roads – Hamra or Gemmayzeh, for instance – is like taking a step back in time.
Theron, Penn dazzle Dior as fashion gets political
Day two of Paris haute couture adds some politics into the mix.
Paris' haute couture revival
Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of astronomically-priced handmade gowns - is back.
Can living like a star produce a happy ending?
Author and celebrity-watcher Rachel Bertsche spent nearly a year emulating the lifestyles of several famous female stars, seeking contentment, productivity and better...
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.
Copacabana transformed into football carnival
Almost immediately upon touching down in Rio de Janeiro, visitors are met with a general jubilance characteristic of mass gatherings.
Exploring Australia’s flagship red
Every wine-growing nation aspires to have a flagship wine. Australia’s most iconic wine comes from Penfolds.
Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.
Etiquette gets reboot for digital age
What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend's wedding? When should you take off Google...
Fraud, sex, post-it art: Google cuts search links
Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin...
Evolutionary advances in new smartwatches
New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either.
Google still blocked, despite company officials' visit: Cuba
Much of Google remains off limits to Internet users in Cuba, despite a recent visit here by top executives from the popular site, state-run media complained on Wednesday.
British scientists identify a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, an important step towards developing a test for the incurable disease.
Britain's 'Mamils' switch Ferraris for expensive bikes
Once a niche sport, cycling has become so popular in Britain that it has spawned a new breed of fans who would rather buy a bike than a Ferrari and who confront their...
Headbanging caused brain bleed in Motorhead fan
It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain.
Studies question UN strategies to save mothers
Billions of dollars have been spent trying to save mothers in developing countries, but in two large analyses of maternal health programs the efforts appeared almost...
Three hours a day of TV doubles early death risk
People who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which features works by Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei, Henry Moore and other noted sculptors, won a 100,000 pound ($170,200) prize Wednesday as The Art Fund’s Museum of the Year.
Egypt challenges sale of valuable ancient statue
Egypt is challenging a British museum’s planned sale of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue that is expected to fetch up to 6 million pounds ($10 million) at an auction in...
Trey Songz's 'Trigga' debuts at No. 1 on U.S. Billboard chart
R&B singer Trey Songz on Wednesday scored his second No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with "Trigga" selling 105,000 copies in its debut week,...
Country newcomer duets with legends on new album
What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah.
Sigourney Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in new game
Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Alien" are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo.
Orientalist fantasy meets the C21st
Since the publication of Edward Said’s critique of Western cultural representations of the Middle East, “Orientalism” in 1978, Westerners seeking to depict “the Orient”...
Harry Potter returns with grey hairs in new J.K. Rowling story
Fictional boy wizard Harry Potter made his first appearance in seven years on Tuesday, featuring as a nearly 34-year-old with grey hairs in a new short story by author...
Movement pro transforms actors into apes on film
Terry Notary is Hollywood’s human shape-shifter. In a blink, he can become an elf, an ape or almost any other moving creature.
R&B singer Trey Songz on Wednesday scored his second No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with "Trigga" selling 105,000 copies in its debut week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Get them back: Where are Robin Thicke's fans?
Robin Thicke may be pleading to get his wife back, but he needs to work on getting his fans back, too.
Jay Z to headline Global Citizen Festival in Sept.
Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept.
Review: Sia, writer for Rihanna, Beyonce, shines
Sia, "1000 Forms of Fear" (RCA)
Since Sia's last album, 2010's top-notch "We Are Born," the performer has written songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and Katy Perry, co-starred...
Bieber gets two years' probation over LA egg-throwing
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who has been in trouble with the law in recent months, got two years of probation in Los Angeles Wednesday over an egg-throwing attack.
John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke
John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.
Madonna reports for New York jury duty, gets sent home
Jury service can be an arduous, nerve-wracking duty for many US citizens, but when you're Madonna it's a two-hour wait before being sent home as a "distraction.
Justin Bieber to be charged with vandalism
Justin Bieber will be charged in Los Angeles in an egg-throwing incident in January that damaged a neighbor's home, prosecutors said.
There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers “True Detective” and “Orange is the New Black” making strategic moves to boost their chances.
No monkey business in 'Planet of the Apes'
Digital characters have by now long populated our movies like unwanted house guests.
'Land Ho' a gently amusing oldster odyssey
The road movie is refitted for a charming spin around scenic Iceland in "Land Ho!," a serio-comedy of very modest ambition but a distinct character of its own.
Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is the time of your life
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” shot over 12 years, has already been hailed as a landmark without parallel in movie history.
Terry Notary is Hollywood's human shape-shifter.