A “binding” climate agreement with assurances of cash for developing nations will be the measure of success for a United Nations summit starting in Paris next week, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.
Almost 16M on HIV treatment as AIDS tide turns
Some 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment and a five-year strategy to end the threat of a never-ending AIDS pandemic is starting to show results, the United...
Taking economic war to ISIS, US developing tools
Since last month, U.S. warplanes have struck ISIS’ oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the United States estimates has cut the...
Peace talks on back burner as Kerry visits Israel
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year Tuesday, making no mention of a two-state agreement as dreams...
Palestinians fear new passport regulations
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are concerned they could be denied entry into other countries, after a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization to...
What I expect from UN Climate Change Conference
For the nearly nine years that I have been secretary-general, I have traveled the world to the front lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world...
US policeman charged with murder of black teen
A white Chicago policeman was charged with murder Tuesday in the October 2014 shooting of a black teenager, a day before the planned release of a patrol car’s dashboard...
Vatican puts journalists on trial
A Vatican tribunal Tuesday rejected a journalist’s request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See’s...
Since last month, U.S. warplanes have struck ISIS’ oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the United States estimates has cut the group’s black-market earnings from oil by about a third.
ISIS claims hotel attack that killed 7 in Sinai
ISIS’ Egyptian branch claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed at least seven people Tuesday in a hotel in North Sinai where judges overseeing a parliamentary...
Houthis blow up bridges to impede loyalists
Houthi rebels in Yemen have blown up several bridges in the mountainous southwestern Taiz province to hamper the advance of pro-government forces, military sources said...
Russia-Turkey economic and trade relations
Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged...
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are concerned they could be denied entry into other countries, after a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization to discredit all non-machine-readable passports went into effect Tuesday.
Exporting trash may cost $200 per ton
Lebanon might have to pay over $200 for every ton of exported trash, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk said Tuesday, noting that establishing sanitary landfills...
Spain: President first step toward normality
Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes urged Lebanon’s political rivals Tuesday to elect a new president as a first step forward “for the Lebanese institutions to go...
Municipal polls should be held on time: Bassil
Municipal elections scheduled for spring 2016 should be held on time, Free Patriotic Movement President Gebran Bassil said Tuesday, adding that parliamentary...
Man found dead in his rental car near Jbeil
The body of a 28-year-old Lebanese national was found near the city of Jbeil, north of Beirut, a security source told The Daily Star Tuesday.
The latest headlines out of Cyprus are a welcome boost for all East Mediterranean countries hoping to become oil and gas producers, but the only thing making the front page in Lebanon is the paralysis of its political system.
Tax incentive, passports lure investors to Cyprus
Tax incentive, European passports, permanent residence and a good return in profits are among the incentives offered by Cyprus to lure Lebanese and foreign investors, a...
OPEC firm as $40 crude looms over Vienna
It’ll take more than $40 crude to make OPEC change its mind, analysts said before the group’s Dec. 4 meeting in Vienna.
Turkish banks need more to halt profit squeeze
The return of single-party government to Turkey this month boosted share prices for the nation’s banks, yet the squeeze on profits is set to continue for some time.
Terrorism reinsurance fund to help businesses
Parisian businesses struggling after the Nov. 13 attacks are likely to be able to make successful insurance claims, helped by a state-backed fund set up in the wake of...
Roundtable eyes Arab-China banking ties
“I must admit we do not have good Chinese food in Lebanon,” Banque du Liban Vice Governor Muhammad Baasiri said Thursday, when noting his taste for the cuisine in a...
Security, tensions take heavy toll on economy
Lebanese economic sectors have seen a remarkable decline in growth this year attributed to the deterioration of political and security situation in the country.
Finance Ministry lauds banks’ role in economy
Alain Bifani, director general at the Finance Ministry, praised the banking system for playing a vital role in the Lebanese economy by creating job opportunities...
Cyprus: Energy deal to export gas to Egypt
A move by British oil and gas company BG International to buy a stake in Cyprus’ offshore mineral deposits is an important step forward for the country’s plans to...
Turkey, Northern Cyprus in dispute over water
Turkey is locked in a dispute with the government in Northern Cyprus over the distribution of water to the island via the world’s longest undersea pipeline, officials...
Mexico City, Berlin top Emirates route wish list
Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, has identified Mexico City and Berlin as the most attractive new destinations that would become available with...
Parisian businesses struggling after the Nov. 13 attacks are likely to be able to make successful insurance claims, helped by a state-backed fund set up in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York.
European shares fall as tensions grow
European shares dropped to one-week lows Tuesday as mounting geopolitical tensions following the downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border pushed investors...
French economy already hurting from attacks
The attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more are hurting the French economy at a time when the wider 19-country eurozone appears to be growing...
Pfizer to buy Allergan in $160 billion deal
Pfizer Inc. Monday said it would buy Botox-maker Allergan PLC in a record-breaking deal worth $160 billion, designed to cut the company’s U.S. tax bill by moving its...
Activists take aim at BDCs
It is sometimes forgotten that the biggest bank takeover of all time - the three-way acquisition of ABN Amro back in 2008 - was triggered by an ABN break-up agenda...
The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is a clear indication of further escalation of the war in Syria at a time of fraught ties between Russia and Turkey.
The forgotten innocents
The skies of Syria seem to get more and more crowded every day, as ISIS attacks on Russia and France have brought a deluge of death from above.
Tunisia’s ruling party crisis
On Nov. 9, a group of 31 Tunisian parliamentarians from the ruling Nidaa Tounes party resigned from their parliamentary bloc and warned that they will resign from the...
What’s wrong with the Egyptian pound?
Recent movements in the exchange rate have generated considerable commentary and speculation in the media and the public about what’s going on with the Egyptian pound...
How should world respond to ISIS threat?
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right...
Ever since the war in Syria started there have been two mantras: Barack Obama saying any solution requires Bashar Assad’s departure, and Vladimir Putin saying any...
A strange amnesia seems to have enveloped a group of American lawmakers, who are trying to slam the United States’ door shut in the face of Syrian refugees.
President the priority
The good news is that Lebanon’s top leaders have agreed that dialogue is the only way to address the seemingly endless list of problems the country is facing.
On Nov. 9, a group of 31 Tunisian parliamentarians from the ruling Nidaa Tounes party resigned from their parliamentary bloc and warned that they will resign from the party.
Syria’s two wars
Syria is being wracked by two wars.
The decline of the West revisited
The terrorist slaughter in Paris has once again brought into sharp relief the storm clouds gathering over the 21st century, dimming the bright promise for Europe and...
Abadi’s failed reforms blamed on his missteps
The Iraqi parliament voted on Nov. 2 to revoke any mandate for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to conduct reforms, putting an end to an 11-week period in which the weak...
Throughout many private and public encounters across the United States in the past two months, I have repeatedly heard Americans ask whether they are doing the right thing in their current policy to counter ISIS, and whether they should be doing other things besides military attacks.
A coalition of disgust
Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less?
Syria peace process a play without actors
While the world has been preoccupied with the ISIS and its global terrorism threat that emanated from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, 17 countries that met in Vienna...
Trump and the Republican crack-up
Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon begin to descend.
Lessons from ISIS attacks in Beirut, Sinai
The devastating terror bombs Thursday in a south Beirut high-density residential and commercial area, following the apparent bomb that brought down a Russian civilian...
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez hit a brace and set up a double for a spritely Lionel Messi to score in his first start after injury in a rampant 6-1 Champions League victory over AS Roma Tuesday.
Morata-Dybala could give Juve added edge
Juventus need to beat Manchester City to reach the Champions League knockout stages Wednesday and many fans still believe the best way to achieve this is by fielding...
LeBron joins Robertson on elite list, leads Cavs
LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a...
Warriors on cusp of history
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 Sunday to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015.
Haye announces comeback fight against De Mori
Britain’s former world heavyweight champion David Haye will make his comeback in a London fight against Australia’s Mark de Mori in January, he said Tuesday.
FIFA seeking life ban for Platini
Former French football great Michel Platini, until recently seen as the man to lead football’s governing body FIFA out of its worst ever graft crisis, could face a life...
Rooney and Martial back for United vs. PSV
Manchester United will have their captain Wayne Rooney, French teenager Anthony Martial and Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini available for Wednesday’s Champions...
Ibrahimovic’s Malmo return leaves fans conflicted
As Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to his home town Wednesday, some Malmo fans are torn over whether to support the city’s prodigal son or the...
LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic Monday.
Rockets pull out OT win after firing McHale
James Harden scored 45 points, including all nine for Houston in overtime, as the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 Wednesday after firing coach Kevin...
Warriors make it a dozen wins, stay perfect
The Golden State Warriors made it an even dozen wins to start the NBA season Tuesday, but their 115-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors was no cakewalk.
Dallas Mavericks saved by Nowitzki
Dallas was at risk of becoming the first team to lose to Philadelphia since March before Dirk Nowitzki took over late in the last quarter and led the Mavericks to a...
Spieth: Olympics is fifth major
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth Tuesday said he’s treating the Olympics as a “fifth major” next year as he revealed his excitement at golf’s return to the Games in Rio de...
Athletes storm Kenyan athletics federation office
Dozens of Kenyan athletes stormed the athletics federation headquarters in Nairobi Monday, locking out officials and demanding that top Athletics Kenya bosses step down...
Cotto says winning against Alvarez is enough
Puerto Rican middleweight Miguel Cotto says he doesn’t need a world title to lend importance to his Saturday showdown with Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Australian Jones named England's first foreign coach
Australian Eddie Jones has been appointed coach of the England rugby team on a four-year contract starting in December, the Rugby Football Union said Friday
Andy Murray said Tuesday he had no qualms about playing the Davis Cup final in Belgium despite the security alert, but added that he would understand if any British fans decided to cancel their trips.
Djokovic targets Roland Garros and Rio glory
Novak Djokovic has set his sights on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to have eluded him – the French Open and Olympics.
Davis Cup final will go ahead: local organizers
The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead despite Brussels being placed on maximum alert over the threat of an imminent attack, local organizers and...
Nadal wins Ferrer marathon ahead of Djokovic test
Rafael Nadal battled to his third successive win at the ATP Tour Finals, but his marathon 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over David Ferrer might prove a significant blow...
Djokovic joins Federer in Tour semis
Roger Federer’s enduring brilliance and his sheer hatred of losing allowed him to withstand a stunning Kei Nishikori fightback and remain undefeated at the ATP World...
Talks with Renault for the takeover of the struggling Lotus Formula One team are almost done, according to owner and principal Gerard Lopez
Rosberg on a roll with Brazilian GP win
Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix for the second year in a row Sunday and denied Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a first success in the homeland of his late...
Rosberg roars back to top Brazil practice
Nico Rosberg bounced back after being left behind by a dominant Lewis Hamilton in the morning to top the times for Mercedes in Friday’s second free practice session for...
Rossi bitter over wasted last chance
New MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has accused Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi of sour grapes after Sunday’s deciding race in Valencia, saying the Italian knows he...
Rossi blasts ‘stitch-up’ as Lorenzo wins title
Italian great Valentino Rossi blasted a Spanish “stitch-up” Sunday after Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo won the final round of the season in Valencia to take his third...
A cancer-ridden matriarch with a serious addiction, unintentional incest between two lost souls, a teenager with a penchant for hashish and a dark family secret.
'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $1.56 mn in New York
A dress worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" as the character Dorothy sold for $1.
Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris
Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.
Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Once squeaky clean and baby-faced teen stars, Justin Bieber and One Direction have quickly discovered the harsh realities of living in the public eye.
Gritty, soulful Creed goes the distance
Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out – a seventh – you thought, ‘How many “Rocky” movies do we need?’
Emmys honor Downton creator
The timing couldn’t be better for the International Emmys to honor “Downton Abbey” writer and creator Julian Fellowes as the acclaimed British period drama wraps up its...
Kidman best actress at Evening Standard awards
Nicole Kidman says her award-winning London stage performance as a scientist was a tribute to her late father.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Debuts to Franchise-Low $101 Million
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million
Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time
Adele's Grammy-winning 2011 release "21" was deemed by Billboard magazine the greatest album of all time based on chart position and the soundtrack of the 1965 Julie...
Chris Stapleton tops Billboard after Country Music awards win
Country singer Chris Stapleton soared straight to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday after sweeping the Country Music Awards last week with...
John Lennon's guitar sells for $2.4 million at auction
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction
Exhibition of Pollock’s black paintings in Dallas
The largest exhibition ever assembled of Jackson Pollock’s lesser-known “black paintings” has gone on display in Dallas.
Gritty reality of Molenbeek lands on big screen
In a city locked down on high alert, one cinema dared to open its doors to show “Black” – a tense, violent, thriller version of Romeo and Juliet set among the gangs of...
Warhol, Pollock, Rothko on rare display in Tehran
Some of the world’s most expensive and rarely seen modern art, including works by the Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, went on display Saturday in a major...
A kidnap, a camera, an exploding bed
Two women and a man sit on stage, backs to the audience. On a tripod at the back of the stage, a video camera sits facing the audience, seemingly filming the three...
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe said he would never stop feeling lucky as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain
Allen Toussaint, one of legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77.
Caitlyn Jenner: Last 6 months have been 'eye-opening'
Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been "the...
US creator of the iconic 1960s Batmobile dies
George Barris, the man who designed and built the black, fire-spitting vehicle made famous in the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died in Los Angeles, his son...
"E.T." Hollywood screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies
Melissa Mathison, best known for her screenplay for the 1982 movie "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" and the former wife of actor Harrison Ford, died Wednesday, U.S. media...
Selected box set reviews from The Associated Press:Bruce Springsteen, “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” (Columbia) $119.98 No one does deluxe album reissues quite like Springsteen: 22 outtakes, half never before heard, a DVD of a concert from that era (1980) and a new film where he talks about his artistic choices at the time.
In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition
They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.
Clothes smarter than you: Welcome to the future
Wish there was a gadget able to transform your boring office uniform into a party outfit, or even a device that guides you straight to new friends?
Automakers battle for high-tech dominance
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new feature that lets drivers preset their car to go at or just above the speed limit.
Weaving the Sea blends Mediterranean cultures
“Weaving the Sea,” a two-week-long exhibition, kicked off in Beirut Tuesday with the aim of reinforcing creativity and the regeneration of Mediterranean neighborhoods.
UAE channels money into alternative energy
Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the UAE’s oil wells run dry.
Ecologist dreams of miracle on foul Rio island
Striding through garbage and abandoned fuel installations on an island in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, Brazilian ecologist Sergio Ricardo comes to an...
Babies crawl, and bawl, to finish line in Japan
More than 600 babies in Japan wriggled to the finish line on their hands and knees in the largest crawling competition Monday.
Year after touchdown, what’s next for Philae?
A year ago Thursday, the world held its collective breath as a European spacecraft dropped a tiny robot lab onto the surface of a comet hurtling toward the sun.
'Breakthrough' winners earn over $21 million in prizes
Academia just turned a little more glitzy for a select group of scientists.
Twitter trades stars for hearts
Like it or not, Twitter Tuesday retired its star button that users click to “favorite” a post and replaced it with a heart.
Standing up for youth entrepreneurship
Where do we begin to understand the challenges facing the Middle East’s youth today?
Hyundai challenge aims to reverse brain drain
At a time when brain drain poses one of Lebanon’s biggest social and economic threats, Hyundai called on local tech entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a...
Winter is coming ... Bring out your furs
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...
Designer Basil Soda’s legacy lives on
Just a few decades ago the car market seemed so much simpler than it is today.
Rolls Royce Wraith: Chariot of the gods
I’m in the middle of nowhere, with sand dunes in every direction.
Dubai Motor Show pulls out all the stops
Motor shows are always occasions that elicit wonder, exuberance and, admittedly, a certain degree of frustration for those of us who don’t have a spare island or two to...
Nissan’s X-Trail proves looks, comfort affordable
The first paragraph in a car review is critical, because it sets the theme for the rest of the article.
King for a day, courtesy of Rolls Royce
One of the first cars I ever owned was a silver Rolls Royce Corniche coupe, a truly spectacular automobile that I fell in love with at first sight.
The World Health Organization Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September
'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic
Medicine's final line of defense against deadly disease has been breached, raising the specter of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to...
Coffee-drinkers less likely to die from diseases
People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, U.S....
For a happier life, give up Facebook: study
Always envious? Got a nonexistent social life and struggle to concentrate?
Brazilians have a beef with U.N. beef warning
At Rio de Janeiro’s famed Churrascaria Palace restaurant, the sizzling of steaks, the swish of carving knives and sighs of satisfied diners drowned out a United Nations...