Hamas says no truce without lifting Gaza blockade
LU row threatens Cabinet unity
Iraq postpones vote for president, violence rages
Nusra Front posts video of Lebanese Army defector
New Hezbollah sanctions don’t target Lebanon
The nearly decadelong absence of the Lebanese University’s council has crippled the institution’s independence and distanced professors from the decision-making process, according to the university president and academics.
Lebanon’s allies losing patience with politicians
Western powers, particularly those that make up the International Support Group for Lebanon, are not amused by the vacancy in the Lebanese presidency, nor do they see...
Hariri condemns Mosul expulsions
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed utmost solidarity with the Christians of Iraq, saying attacks on them were “unacceptable.”
Tunisia faces dilemma in anti-jihadist campaign
Tunisia has hit back at a deadly jihadist attack on troops by closing mosques and media outlets seen as sympathetic to extremists, raising fears of a return to the...
India MP ‘force-feeds’ Muslim fasting
India’s parliament erupted in anger Wednesday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during...
UNIFIL commander hears assurances of calm
The departing UNIFIL commander said Wednesday that he had received assurances from the Lebanese and Israeli militaries that they wanted to maintain calm on their common...
Greek Patriarchate condemns Mosul coercion
The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Wednesday condemned the attacks on Mosul’s Christians, calling on states funding extremist organizations to stop.
Army combs border for Syria infiltrators
Troops conduct thorough searches along eastern mountain range bordering Syria to curb infiltration of the porous border by gunmen and arms.
Libya power handover agreed, clashes rage
The General National Congress, which has governed violence-wracked Libya in the wake of the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, said Wednesday that it would hand...
No dream job: Khartoum’s walking department store
The Sudanese man with an armful of battery-powered wall clocks pushes one through the taxi’s open window. His head follows.
ISIS branches into tourism in ‘caliphate’
Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, ISIS is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoons and civilians to visit other parts of...
India’s parliament erupted in anger Wednesday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the month of Ramadan.
Despite sanctions call, UK OKs arms to Russia
Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government’s call for tough sanctions over Moscow’s arming of separatist...
Rebels shoot down two Ukrainian fighter jets
Pro-Russian rebels shoot down two Ukrainian fighter jets, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298...
Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels pull back into Donetsk
Pro-Russian separatists leave their positions on the outskirts of Donetsk and retreat toward the center of the eastern Ukrainian city.
Bombs in Nigeria's Kaduna kill 82, ex-leader Buhari targeted
At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna targeting opposition leader and former president Muhammadu Buhari at...
A stroll through the millennia-old port city of Jbeil on a weekend night delivers a stark contrast to the scene of empty restaurants and thinly populated tourist sites that have prevailed for the last several years in much of Lebanon.
Lebanon sees 90 percent rise in Arab tourism
The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.
Saudi Arabia to be selective on foreign investors
Saudi Arabia is keeping as much as $40 billion of foreign investor capital waiting as it decides which institutions can participate in the Arab world’s biggest stock...
Sisi makes bold start on economic reforms
Egypt’s new President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has gotten a head start on tackling the country’s economic problems, managing to introduce long-awaited subsidy reform...
Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts
Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers...
Cyprus seeking buyers for FBME
Cyprus was looking for buyers to take over branches of Tanzania-based bank FBME – which faces a U.S. money-laundering probe – after placing the operation under...
CPI declines after phone rate cut
Lebanon’s consumer price index fell drastically in June, with some analysts attributing the drop to telecoms price cuts instituted over the past two month.
Borrowers urged to settle debts with housing fund
The Lebanon Housing Institute called upon borrowers from the housing fund to settle their dues as soon as possible in order to avoid being prosecuted.
Saudi Arabia is keeping as much as $40 billion of foreign investor capital waiting as it decides which institutions can participate in the Arab world’s biggest stock exchange.
Al Futaim 2014 revenues increase by 14 percent
Majid Al Futtaim Wednesday reported an increase in its revenues by 14 percent for the first half of the year 2014 compared with last year, confirming strong performance...
Saudi bourse surges on plan to open market to FDI
Saudi Arabia’s bourse surged Tuesday after the financial regulator said it would open the stock market to direct investment by foreign institutions in the first half of...
Yemen struggles to reform fuel prices
A clampdown on state spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win public support before its biggest economic reform in years: higher fuel prices. But...
Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.
Don’t discount the future of the dollar
After the recent BRICS countries summit in Brazil, some economic experts forecast a bleak future for the United States’ dollar as the standard global currency for...
Russia misses out on rise in global markets
President Vladimir Putin’s meddling in Ukraine has cost Russia dearly in financial markets. With the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the toll is only getting...
Political unknowns lurk for U.K. economy
Political danger is looming for Britain, threatening to dim the allure of the fastest-growing Group of Seven economy.
Half of Europe’s jobs threatened by machines
If you think the European Union has a hiring problem now, with double-digit unemployment, wait until the future hits.
Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.
Arab world ostriches
The Palestinian issue has long been called the central issue in the Arab world, but the relative lack of popular anger amid the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the...
Until now, Israel is flailing in Gaza
The war in Gaza continues while the outcome remains uncertain.
Germany and the NSA are closer than they let on
Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated...
A century after WWI, let cooperation triumph
Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
Eradicating a civilization
The Iraqi city of Mosul has been emptied of its Christian community in only a matter of days, in one of the most alarming developments in recent memory in this region.
Threshhold for murder
The Shejaiya massacre in Gaza Sunday coincided with a striking level of popular anger at Israel around the world, as efforts to broker a cease-fire pick up pace.
Murder with impunity
Israel has been successful at portraying its actions in the Gaza strip as a war against the Hamas movement; the simple fact is that it is a war against Palestinians.
Why the U.S. merits an absurdity prize
The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd...
The U.S. tightens the screws on Russian energy
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this...
Israel’s chronic use of force is failing
What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following 10 days of attacking the territory from the air and suffering Palestinian...
The fight over resources threatens global order
The proclamation of a new Cold War, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, turned out to be alarmist and premature.
China’s Uyghur policy may well lead to wider war
China’s ethnic policies are largely to blame for the state of Uyghur-Chinese relations. In the 1930s and 1940s, Communist China developed its own minzu (ethnicity)...
Lebanon struggles with Syrian refugees
A combination of security, economic and above all political considerations has the Lebanese government seeking for the first time to limit, and ultimately reduce, its...
To revive FIFA, Sepp Blatter must step down
The World Cup has concluded with its usual flourish, and much of the world couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement – which is exactly what Sepp Blatter wanted.
By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month’s time the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 preseason air miles.
Croatia’s Rijeka youth team deny racism claims
HNK Rijeka issued a strongly worded statement Wednesday denying any racism during Tuesday’s abandoned friendly match between Manchester City’s elite Under-21...
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...
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.
F1 asks: Where did all the German fans go?
Where have all the German Formula One fans gone?
Van Gaal: Long tours not good for preparations
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club’s lengthy preseason tour to the United States and said it was not helping preparations for the...
Loew to stay on with Germany until 2016
Germany coach Joachim Loew said Wednesday that he never considered leaving his post after winning the World Cup title and insisted he would see out his contract, which...
Organized: the world according to Dunga
Brazil looked forward by looking back Tuesday in deciding to give former World Cup-winning skipper Dunga a second bite at coaching the Selecao.
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.
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.
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)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
Rosberg wins in Germany for Mercedes
Germany’s Nico Rosberg capped a memorable eight days for himself and his country by winning his home grand prix for Mercedes Sunday and stretching his overall lead in...
Rosberg coasts to first German GP win
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg coasts to his first home German Grand Prix win at Hockenheim to extend his lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship.
Rosberg all set to keep Germany celebrating
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his...
Mercedes braces for Rosberg, Hamilton dogfight
Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda is preparing for tough times ahead as he seeks to ensure fair play and good behavior from Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in their world...
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.
James dethrones Jordan as most popular US athlete
LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States’ most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.
Celtic legend Russell collapses during speech
NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing during a corporate speaking event at a resort town on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Khatib nears deal to rejoin Sagesse
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, sources have told The Daily Star.
Khatib closes in on Sagesse return
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, according to sources close to The Daily Star. Khatib, who turns 35 this year, achieved most of his success...
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now...
Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win
Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer Sunday, following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
McIlroy crowned the prince of the links
They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician’s touch with a golf...
British Open glory for mighty McIlroy
Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake Sunday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and...
At first fleeting glance, the works of local artist Saint Hoax recall the halcyon days of childhood. Incorporating Disney characters in a slew of recent works, however, the pseudonymous artist has called attention to darker realities facing young people today.
Forever 21 to open mid-January
Forever 21, a U.S. women’s clothing retailer, will open its first store in Lebanon at City Centre in mid-January, according to the mall’s press agency.
Big increase in U.S. teen use of human growth hormone
Experimentation with human growth hormone by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic...
Teen’s death puts focus on dangers of caffeine powder
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and...
Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones, with some hiccups
What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.
Living like princes at Deir al-Oumara
“The view isn’t so great now, but in the morning ...” The hotel manager, Nadim Zoghbi, trailed off as he showed us to a duplex suite at Deir al-Oumara, a recently...
Halawet al-jibn: A sweet holiday tradition
Different variations of pastry dough, dairy filling and scented sugar syrup together comprise one of the sweetest traditions during the holy month of Ramadan: dessert.
American football team tackles conflicts
When the American University of Beirut created the country’s first collegiate-level American football team in 2012, they anticipated having a coach, team members and...
Experimentation with human growth hormone by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.
Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and...
Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hep C
WASHINGTON: A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat,...
UN's health agency worried about growing child obesity
The number of obese and overweight children in the world could balloon from 44 million in 2012 to 75 million in 2025, the World Health Organization warned.
Beauty apps show ‘before and after,’ glamorize selfies
Women looking to enhance their image but wary of spending money on expensive cosmetics can take the guesswork out of finding a new look, or improving selfies, with the...
Facebook lets users squirrel items away
Facebook on Monday began letting people squirrel away online tidbits such as links to chew on more thoroughly later.
U.S. mulls detour on the long road to Mars
Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States is divided about the moon’s role in future space exploration.
Monkey study dampens hopes for AIDS cure
The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-AIDS drugs within days of entering the body, a study said Sunday, dampening hopes for a human cure.
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
From France’s champagne region, a Rare label
Le Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, is probably the most important and influential French regional wine board.
Cinched at the waist, with soft rounded shoulders and a swirling skirt, Christian Dior’s famous “Bonbon” dress today appears the epitome of modesty and restraint.
Teen swimwear designer makes debut in Florida fashion show
It was nearly showtime as designer Francesca Aiello, of the line Frankie’s Bikinis, snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs.
Black and white are the new orange at a county jail in Michigan
Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates after a TV series brought new popularity to the...
Fledgling wine industry brewing in Ethiopia
Beyond the donkeys on a potholed road in southern Ethiopia is an unexpected sight – vineyards bursting with merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes ripening in the African...
Special parking spaces for Chinese women drivers
The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 centimeters wider...
Helen McCrory, of Harry Potter fame, is a chain-smoking Medea, while pop duo Goldfrapp provides a riveting score for London’s latest staging of Euripides’ 2,500-year-old play.
From London’s streets to LA show, thanks to a dog
A former homeless man’s sketches of his dog George, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier he credits with changing his life, are commanding rising prices in a London gallery and...
Robert Downey Jr highest-earning actor: Forbes
Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive...
Shakira most ‘liked’ pop star on Facebook
Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most “liked” celebrity on the social network in the...
‘Fargo’ gets second season with new cast
“Fargo,” the Emmy-nominated television miniseries inspired by the Coen brothers’ cult film, has been renewed for a second season that will feature a new storyline and...
Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con
LOS ANGELES: When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the...
Gheorghiu asks Baalbeck to relocate concert
The organizing committee of Lebanon’s Baalbeck International Festival announced Friday evening that a performance by Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu scheduled to take...
Abstract architecture of superstructures
Many people are fascinated by the U.S., whether it is by New York’s skyscrapers, the Bronx and Brooklyn Heights, or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Las Vegas’...
Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com.
Ex-'X Factor' judge trial nixed over lying claims
The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake...
Actor Tyler Posey to host Teen Choice Awards
Actor Tyler Posey will host Teen Choice 2014, with musical groups Magic and Rixton performing on the show that awards popular teens in television, music, film, sports...
Judge orders James Brown documents made public
A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the court fight over the estate of soul singer...
“Fargo,” the Emmy-nominated television miniseries inspired by the Coen brothers’ cult film, has been renewed for a second season that will feature a new storyline and characters, cable network FX said Monday.
Spike Lee helps film student face his past
When a film student decided to revisit his criminal teenage past, he found a powerful ally in filmmaker Spike Lee.
Toronto film fest unveils premieres as scheduling criteria tightens
Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" and Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" will be among the world premieres at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, one of the top...
Douglas, Keaton get second chance at love in 'And So It Goes'
Michael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types, so he took a deep breath when offered the role of an ornery widower with a second...
'Fargo' TV miniseries gets second season on FX with new cast
"Fargo," the Emmy-nominated television mini-series inspired by the Coen brothers' cult film, has been renewed for a second season that will feature a new storyline and...
Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who penned hit tunes such as "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. national library said on Tuesday.
Sam Smith says chart-topping debut inspired by unrequited love
British singer Sam Smith, who is riding a tidal wave of chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut album "In the Lonely Hour", said it was all inspired...
Ed Sheeran tops British album chart, sets 2014 record
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the...
Sam Smith, Maroon 5 on tap for iTunes Festival
Last year Sam Smith says he was a spectator at the iTunes Festival.
Beyonce leads MTV Video music Awards with 8 nods
Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: The singer the leading nominee at the MTV Video music Awards.