Masked assailants set on fire the Christmas tree erected by Sidon’s municipality at a main intersection in the southern city overnight Friday, damaging its lower part, security sources told the Daily Star.
Army arrests key ISIS leader: report
Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested a prominent ISIS leader who was planning a terrorist attack, local daily Al-Joumhouria reported Friday.
Iraqi Kurds reach besieged Sinjar mountains
Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by ISIS fighters, a Kurdish leader said Thursday,...
US backed talks with ISIS over American hostage
U.S. counterterrorism officials backed negotiations with two prominent jihadi preachers in a failed attempt to save the life of an American hostage who was later...
Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear
Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble...
Hezbollah puts senior operative on trial
Hezbollah is currently trying one of its operatives for treason after he tipped off Israel about five operations to avenge the killing of Hezbollah’s top military...
Aoun, Geagea to meet over presidency
The Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanon’s largest Christian parties, are working on holding a meeting between their two leaders in a bid to end the...
Families of servicemen, Future on the same page
Families of the 25 captive Lebanese servicemen welcomed the support of the Future Movement after meeting with its secretary-general Thursday, saying they were prepared...
Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by ISIS fighters, a Kurdish leader said Thursday, as the U.S. said several leaders of the group have been killed in recent airstrikes.
Gazans rally for Dahlan as W. Bank trial opens
Thousands of supporters of exiled Palestinian strongman Mohammad Dahlan protested Thursday in Gaza against the reported sacking of dozens of members of the security...
Palestinian U.N. draft a gimmick: Israel
Israel’s foreign minister Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an...
U.N. calls for more Gaza funds
The U.N. warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families in Gaza, as it doubled its estimate of the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this summer’s...
Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.
Pakistan military: 32 militants killed in ambush
The Pakistani army killed 32 militants in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, the military said Friday, and 27 in other clashes, four days after a...
Death threats to Sydney gunman's lawyers, magistrate
Lawyers who defended the Sydney siege gunman on a string of charges and the magistrate who bailed him have received deaths threats, officials said Friday, amid growing...
Britain could allow women in new army role in 2016
Britain might allow women to fight in close combat roles for the first time from 2016, the defense secretary said Friday.
Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case
A Chinese psychological clinic has been ordered to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual.
Passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport is expected to total nearly 7 million by the end of the year due the expected arrival of large numbers of Lebanese and foreign nationals who will spend Christmas and New Year’s in Lebanon.
Analysts play down Moody’s downgrade
Moody’s downgrading of the long-term deposits of Lebanon’s top three banks will have little impact on their performance, but may diminish foreign investment in Lebanese...
'Impossible' for Saudi to reduce oil output
Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, cannot reduce its output, the kingdom's oil minister say despite plunging prices.
IMF says Gulf can cope with cheaper oil
The energy-exporting states of the Gulf can cope comfortably with sliding oil prices, an International Monetary Fund official said Tuesday, as a plunge in regional...
Debate rages over Russia’s actual reserves
Defending the ruble has cost Russia around $80 billion this year, and depending on who’s doing the calculations, its usable hard currency reserves are now either...
China extends 10-year interest-free loan to CDR
China extended an interest-free $8 million loan to Lebanon’s Council for Development and Reconstruction during a signing ceremony Thursday.
Hotels see rise in bookings over holidays
Despite the political stalemate in the country, most of Beirut’s hotels have started feeling the joyful spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with many witnessing a...
Lebanon signs Latin American free trade pact
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil signed a free-trade agreement with the Mercosur countries of Latin America, stressing the importance of maintaining good relations with...
Qatar says oil price decline hitting gas
The sharp drop in global oil prices has caused the value of natural gas to also depreciate, the Qatari energy minister said Tuesday.
Turkish lira hits new record low
Turkey’s currency, the lira, hit a new record low Tuesday as investors moved out of emerging markets amid the collapse of the Russian ruble and fretted over the impact...
CBRE: Dubai property prices will stabilize in 2015
Increases in Dubai property prices slowed in the second half of 2014 and valuations will be steady next year as a glut of new units are released, consultants CBRE said...
Defending the ruble has cost Russia around $80 billion this year, and depending on who’s doing the calculations, its usable hard currency reserves are now either starting to run low, or at a healthy $400 billion-plus.
Hoarding buckwheat a worrying sign in Russia
In a telltale sign that the ruble crisis is causing panic among Russians, the talk in a downtown Moscow nail salon this week was about stockpiling buckwheat.
Rise of car-sharing apps threatens auto sector
The humble smartphone could throw a spanner in the works of the car sector’s post-crisis turnaround, with the big manufacturers facing a long-term threat from apps that...
Ruble weakens, traders see no measures from Putin
The ruble weakened against the dollar and euro Thursday with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had so far offered no concrete measures to pull Russia out of a...
Fed opens door to rate hike
The Fed Reserve Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep them near zero for a...
The historic development in U.S.-Cuba relations this week shows that ultimately the superpowers of the world are motivated not by ideology but by economics, and this will not be welcome news for Israel.
EU coal in Israel’s sock
The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.
Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege...
What Future and Hezbollah should discuss
So great are the worries that Sunni-Shiite relations may deteriorate in Lebanon, that everyone embraces the impending dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws frequently cover abuse
Recently in Kot Radha Kishan, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a young Christian couple, Saima and Shahzad, had their legs broken and were beaten nearly to death before...
Losing moral high ground
Iran has influence in Arab states, stretching from Yemen to Lebanon.
Singled out for vilification
Despite nothing being known about the Sydney hostage-taker Monday apart from the fact a flag of the shahada had been seen, media and spectators around the world were...
U.S. credibility on the line
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Rome Sunday ahead of talks on the Middle East peace process, or what is left of it.
Australian police lsearch several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege earlier this week, officials say.
After the tensions, a modest Sino-American reset
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a...
Arabs are trapped between heroism and deviance
We have learned much about the Arab world in the last four years, including the combination of heroism and criminal deviance dwelling deep within our societies.
The CIA report somehow gave Congress a pass
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture was immensely valuable.
Recently in Kot Radha Kishan, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a young Christian couple, Saima and Shahzad, had their legs broken and were beaten nearly to death before being burned alive in a brick kiln.
Why has Iran produced few biographies?
In a seminar last month at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, the author and professor Abbas Milani mused over why the Middle East,...
The equality versus efficiency tradeoff is wrong
In the pantheon of economic theories, the tradeoff between equality and efficiency used to occupy an exalted position.
All the baby boomers are officially ‘old’
Carlos Barientos III was born at 6:45 on the evening of Dec. 31, 1964, a few miles northwest of Honolulu.
Balance ideology, realism for global energy setup
Energy has become a focal point of global policymaking.
Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA Thursday and fined 25,000 pounds ($39,152) after posting an offensive message on social media.
Juventus beat Cagliari to end year on top
Reigning champions Juventus are certain to top Serie A at Christmas after a 3-1 win at Cagliari Thursday in their final league game of 2014.
F1 delivers dramatic year of rivalry and tragedy
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s...
Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who won 11 Grands Prix for Mercedes in 2014, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year against the odds Sunday.
Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and...
San Lorenzo through to final against Madrid
South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World...
Sterling lifts Rodgers as Liverpool make semis
Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders...
Brazil 2014: A World Cup to cherish
The 2014 World Cup was a captivating carnival of football, considered by many as the best yet, with high drama on and off the pitch, and, in Germany, champions worthy...
Formula One delivered a dramatic year of riveting rivalry, political controversy, human tragedy and financial uncertainty in 2014 as Lewis Hamilton joined the sport’s hall of fame as a double world champion.
Ecclestone: Pact could derail Qatar race bid
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the presence of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi on the sport’s circuit means Qatar is unlikely to stage a Grand Prix in the future.
F1 principals snub Rosberg in best driver poll
Formua One team principals have snubbed Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in a best driver poll, rating the German only fifth in a list headed by his title-winning teammate...
Alonso’s unfinished business at McLaren
“Never say never” has always been a popular saying in Formula One and Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren proves the point.
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Tennis great Navratilova to coach Pole
Legend Martina Navratilova is to coach former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska after Christmas, the Polish star has announced.
Anyone for fast tennis? Welcome to IPTL
It’s tennis, but not as we know it.
Sharapova tormented by shot-clock in IPTL play
Maria Sharapova expressed mock disgust Saturday at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament’s beeping shot-clock, part of a novel experiment...
Ivanovic off to winning start in IPTL debut
Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in an impressive International Premier Tennis League debut Friday, but said it was “hard to imagine” the game evolving to...
In a season full of hope in the first full campaign under club president Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks are struggling with a new offense, a rookie coach and a frustrated star in Carmelo Anthony.
Bryant passes Jordan for third on scoring list
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Riyadi ease past Tadamon for perfect three
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut won their third straight game Sunday, with Egyptian-Lebanese star Ismael Ahmad nearly having a triple-double with 21 points, nine...
Ibrahim shines as Riyadi rout Champville
Ahmad Ibrahim starred for Riyadi with 26 points as they defeated a demoralized Champville 86-76 in Manara Friday to join Sagesse at the top of the Lebanese Basketball...
Qatar a bidder for basketball World Cup
The United States team may be going to Qatar to defend its basketball World Cup title in 2019 as the emirate seeks to add to its sports portfolio.
Football World Cup winners Germany have been voted Reuters team of the year after a poll of the news agency’s sports journalists from around the world.
Rory’s the story in golf after stellar year
Rory McIlroy dominated golf in 2014, winning two majors, recapturing the world No. 1 spot and starring in Europe’s latest Ryder Cup triumph.
Mayweather must stop dodging Pacquiao fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career – and made a fortune – by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents.
Track and field under the spotlight
Track and field goes into the New Year in turmoil amid claims of institutionalized doping, notably in Russia, after a season that saw very little of Jamaican sprint...
Two Kenyan long-distance runners fail drugs tests
Kenyan long-distance runners Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo have failed drugs tests and will be banned for two years, Athletics Kenya said Monday,...
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout Lebanon.
House of Today bares all for Christmas event
The House of Today collaborative design platform at Zaitunay Bay’s Le Yacht Club is exactly what you might expect from an art exhibition at such a location: glamorous...
Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh
Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?
Chicken thighs with Paddington bear
Reunion – the volcanic jewel of the Indian Ocean
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now...
Sarah’s Bag gets a logo makeover
Popular handbag label Sarah’s Bag is getting a logo makeover, a befitting way to celebrate over a decade of success.
Honoring the muse of Yves St. Laurent
Every year Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrates Christmas early with an event in its Beirut boutique, giving the Lebanese designer an opportunity to showcase some of the...
Christmas given crystal makeover at Four Seasons
This time of year is all about Christmas decorations, with every shopping mall, leisure center, hotel and public space competing to put up the best display in town.
Pet fashion hits the mainstream
These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit – as well as where to put the poo bags.
Sauternes growers fear train line will sour wine
Producers of Sauternes, France’s world-famous sweet wine, are up in arms about a proposed high-speed train line they fear could sour their tipple.
China’s hermits seek a highway to heaven
His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy.
Blink and you will miss it. On a map, that small dot in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius is the island of Reunion, created by the eruptions of a now dormant volcano.
Quality Portuguese table wines on the rise
Australian Peter Bright has been making wine in Portugal since 1982, and is one of a handful of people responsible for the significant rise in the quality of table...
Reading between the lines in Venice
If you find the crowds that swirl around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type of...
Falcons to go jet set on Lufthansa
They may not get their favorite mice and small birds on a tray, but falcons – the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern hunting enthusiasts – are soon to be allowed in...
Floating football pitch saves Thai tourism
With its stunning limestone cliffs towering over stilt houses surrounded by azure waters, the island of Panyee is a typical Thai paradise. But it’s not mother nature...
Barely a few months after dismissing Apple’s smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a high-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm’s lineup.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year.
Rare northern white rhino dies in US zoo
A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
LHC to turn back on at record power in March
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous...
Prep your car for winter, make motoring a breeze
Every time winter rolls around it’s always the same routine: We break out our winter wardrobe, roll out the rugs and put blankets on the bed, while those of us lucky...
A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test.
Olive oil apocalypse as fly drives up price
New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life.
Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused
It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world's largest animal...
Scientists find why male smokers may run even higher health risks
Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many...
Doctors Without Borders: Ebola response too slow
The international response to Ebola is still too slow and piecemeal, Doctors Without Borders warns, as officials said the disease is crippling the economies of three...
The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures.
Stars fill the stage as Stephen Colbert closes his 'Report'
Stephen Colbert filed his final "Colbert Report" on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show with the help of scores of celebrities who crowded...
Brazil's Coelho offers $100,000 for N. Korea parody film
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to "The Interview," protesting the company's decision to scrap the North Korean parody...
Young Oscar-tipped director's Hollywood dream comes true
Writer-director Damien Chazelle is only 29, but he is already living his dream of the Hollywood big-time.
'School of Rock - The Musical' to open on Broadway in 2015
The stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film "School of Rock," about a wannabe rock star who works as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will...
U.S. racial justice quest comes full circle in film 'Selma'
When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr. movie "Selma," she was nervous how the story of a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights would...
NKorea-linked hack may be costliest ever
The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel the release of the North...
Night at the Museum bids farewell to Williams
There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt in the latest “Night at the Museum.”
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho offered Thursday to pay Sony $100,000 for rights to "The Interview," protesting the company's decision to scrap the North Korean parody film amid chilling threats from hackers.
How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'
A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.
Bill Cosby's youngest daughter defends her embattled dad
A day after Camille Cosby released a statement in defense of her embattled husband, one of the comedian's four daughters is defending her father.
Bill Cosby's wife defends him from sex assault claims
Camille Cosby, the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, on Monday defended her husband from weeks-long accusations brought by more than a dozen women alleging that the...
The stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film "School of Rock," about a wannabe rock star who works as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will open on Broadway next year, its producers said on Thursday.
2014 in books: Diversity, youth, getting personal
Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.
The beautiful agony of survival
A brace of pheasants hangs from two thick leather straps, fastened around the birds’ necks.
Churchill paintings sold in landmark auction
A collection of paintings by Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off Wednesday in the largest ever sale of artwork by the statesman and...
Julianne Moore portrays descent into Alzheimers
Early in the film “Still Alice,” the Columbia University professor played by Julianne Moore is the picture of health, taking a jog through campus, until she realizes...
The frontman of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.
Aerosmith sings through decades of tensions
The rock music world is notorious for its bickering, but Aerosmith belongs to another category altogether – a band with constant and open tensions that has nonetheless...
An R&B Jesus? D'Angelo challenges with 'Black Messiah'
- After a wait of nearly 15 years, D'Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with "Black Messiah," a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges...
Grammys to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder
The Grammys will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder with a special performance after the music industry's annual award night.
Syrian Arab Idol winner keeps clear of politics
A 21-year-old Syrian was declared the winner of this year’s “Arab Idol” at the grand finale of the gruelling four-month singing competition in Beirut Saturday.