A self-described anti-tobacco organization that warned Lebanon is among the world’s most addicted tobacco consumers is recommending that smokers trying to quit turn to “reduced-risk” products such as e-cigarettes.
Palestinian national unity is vital: Jumblatt
Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt Tuesday urged Palestinians to remain unified, in a comment posted to Twitter.
UK investigating Cambridge Analytica, Facebook
Britain's information commissioner says she is using all her legal powers to investigate the handling of millions of people's personal Facebook data by the social media...
Russian diplomats leave UK in nerve agent crisis
Twenty three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left the embassy in London and headed back to Moscow on Tuesday in the deepest crisis in Russian-British...
Turkey says UN rights report 'biased', 'unacceptable'
Turkey on Tuesday slammed as "biased" and "unacceptable" a UN report which said the state of emergency in place since July 2016 had caused serious human rights abuses...
Beirut’s Bicycle Mayor ’pedals’ car-free perks
After braving Lebanese traffic by bike since 2001, often accompanied by his three children, Phillippe Dagher has become Beirut’s first-ever Bicycle Mayor as part of an...
MEA to resume Iraqi Kurdistan flights
Middle East Airlines will resume flights to Iraq’s Kurdish region starting April 3, an airport source told The Daily Star Tuesday.
UNIFIL marks 40 years in Lebanon
Speaking at a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of UNIFIL held in Naqoura Monday, veteran Irish peacekeeper John O’Mahony reflected on the value of the service for...
Britain's information commissioner says she is using all her legal powers to investigate the handling of millions of people's personal Facebook data by the social media giant and by political campaign consultants Cambridge Analytica.
Britain withdraws offer to lead EU military force after Brexit
Britain has withdrawn its offer to lead a European Union military force next year because of Brexit, the Ministry of Defense said Tuesday.
Ireland can rely on Germany in Brexit talks: Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Ireland can rely on Germany in Brexit talks as the European Union and Britain look to maintain an open border after Britain's...
US House Speaker Ryan says assured Trump won't fire Mueller
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he has been assured that fellow Republican President Donald Trump is not considering firing U.S. Special Counsel Robert...
Turkey on Tuesday slammed as "biased" and "unacceptable" a UN report which said the state of emergency in place since July 2016 had caused serious human rights abuses against hundreds of thousands of people.
UN seeks access to Ghouta, Afrin as needs grow
The United Nations called on Tuesday for full access to civilians inside and outside of Syria's eastern Ghouta to meet their urgent needs, after some 50,000 have fled...
European rights court condemns Turkey over journalists' detention
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Turkey abused the rights of two journalists detained in a massive post-coup crackdown in which President Recep...
UN reports mass rights abuses in Turkey
Turkey's state of emergency has sparked human rights abuses against "hundreds of thousands of people", including killings and torture, the UN warned Tuesday in a report...
Egypt court orders Uber and Careem to cease operations
An Egyptian court ordered on Tuesday the suspension of licenses for ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem after taxi drivers filed a lawsuit seeking to shutdown...
Speaker Nabih Berri Monday urged citizens to vote en masse in the upcoming elections, saying that he has no enemies, but rather political rivals, within Lebanon.
Mikati launches election list, five-point plan
Najib Mikati launched his electoral program in Tripoli Sunday, naming a full slate of 11 candidates for the “North II” constituency comprising the northern city, Minyeh...
Lebanese electoral law 2017: Full text in English
After years of wrangling, Lebanese lawmakers passed a new vote law in June that will govern the parliamentary elections slated for Spring/Summer 2018. The move marks a...
Leave historic sites out of politics: Culture Ministry
The Culture Ministry Monday urged that historical and archeological sites not be used for political purposes, a day after Hezbollah and the Amal Movement announced...
Elections 2018: Tip of the day
Every day between now and the parliamentary elections on May 6, The Daily Star will print a tip for voters.
The president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey voiced support Monday for the amended 2018 budget which carried symbolic reforms that would help Lebanon receive soft loans from the Paris IV donor conference.
If successful, CEDRE will increase jobs: Salameh
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh Tuesday spoke of the importance of Cabinet’s endorsement of the 2018 budget, saying the move would boost confidence in Lebanon’s...
Qatar awards giant gas field contract to Chiyoda
Qatar Petroleum aims to boost Doha’s gas production by more than 20 percent with a contract that was awarded to Japanese Chiyoda, the state-owned giant said Monday.
Egypt eyes $5.7 billion from state company IPOs
Egypt is seeking to raise up to 100 billion pounds ($5.7 billion) by selling stakes in more than 20 state-owned companies, including additional shares in market...
German investor confidence plunges on trade war fears: survey
Confidence among investors in Europe's largest economy Germany plunged in March, with a monthly barometer from the ZEW institute dropping to 5.
Lebanese buying second citizenship up 27 pct
A Dubai-based company said Monday that the number of Lebanese investors who obtained a second citizenship surged by 27 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
Investment bank head wraps up ‘encouraging’ Lebanon visit
The head of a major London-based investment bank that is set to launch a series of development projects in Lebanon marked the end of an “encouraging” first visit to the...
Lebanon budget cuts 'symbolic' but impactful: banking official
The president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon said Monday that while cuts to Lebanon's 2018 budget were symbolic, they were also impactful, in comments made...
Qatar asks U.S. to investigate UAE bank
Qatar has asked U.S. regulators to investigate the U.S. subsidiary of the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of “bogus” foreign exchange deals...
Abu Dhabi awards Total stakes in oil concessions
Abu Dhabi state energy company ADNOC said Sunday it had awarded French oil giant Total stakes in two offshore oil concessions, as it looks to boost production by year’s...
Saudi crown prince plans to meet Apple executives
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman plans to meet top global executives, including the heads of Apple Inc. and Google, during his first trip to the U.S....
Fed likely to announce rate hike this week
The Federal Reserve’s first meeting under Jerome Powell’s leadership will likely end Wednesday with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate...
EU, U.S. urge probes of internet data practices
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced calls Monday from U.S. and European lawmakers to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s...
Americans remain out of love with stocks
Luke Thomas, 44, an information technology field manager who lives in Miami, began investing in the U.S. stock market in his early 20s, attracted by the prospect of...
China's premier urges US to 'act rationally' over trade
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed to Washington on Tuesday to "act rationally" and avoid disrupting trade over steel, technology and other disputes, promising that...
It’s election season in Lebanon and politicians are loading their propaganda weapons and going into battle. Most maintain a level of ethical and moral restraint.
Don’t just vote, elect
Lebanon is truly blessed.
A new deal for South Africa under Ramaphosa
A month has passed since Cyril Ramaphosa, the head of the African National Congress, replaced Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa.
The commune system: PYD governance in Syria
The Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) position is precarious.
Key figure in Japan land scandal to testify in Parliament March 27
Former Japanese tax agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa, a key figure in a cronyism scandal that has sparked a political crisis for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be summoned...
Deserving of support
The Rome II donor conference Thursday, to be held in support of Lebanon’s Army and the Internal Security Forces, heralds a new era of challenges and expectations.
Slicing up the cake
If the war in Syria is this century’s Spanish civil war, then, according to respected British newspaper The Independent, the carnage now occurring in Eastern Ghouta is...
Equality all year round
It’s a fact. The gender gap is real, it needs to be closed all over the world, and Lebanon is no exception.
The double helix of Chinese history
Now that China’s National People’s Congress has voted – 2,958 to two – to abolish presidential term limits, Xi Jinping could rule China indefinitely, rather than...
Trump fueled crisis over Iran nuclear deal
If confirmed as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will arrive at a department that has been battered by proposed budget cuts, hollowed-out by resignations and vacancies,...
The nation of kangaroos
The red kangaroo, the largest of all kangaroo species, is Australia’s national animal. Kangaroos appear on the country’s coat of arms, on its coins, on its sporting...
Former Japanese tax agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa, a key figure in a cronyism scandal that has sparked a political crisis for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be summoned to testify in parliament on March 27, a ruling party source told Reuters.
Putin can’t talk his way out of this mess
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC’s Megyn Kelly this month that in using power, you “must be ready to go all the way to achieve the goals.”
Trump will have a kindred spirit in Pompeo
The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners.
Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now – much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.
Pakistan under pressure to rein in blasphemy law
One of the most frightening things about Pakistan's blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty.
After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season which provoked questions about his longevity, Cristiano Ronaldo has roared back to life with a torrent of goals and now has La Liga’s top scorer award in his sights.
Serie A: Five things we learned last weekend
Juventus’ march toward a seventh consecutive Italian title was stalled by a goalless draw at SPAL to keep the suspense alive in Serie A action before the international...
Navratilova ‘angry’ at pay gap to McEnroe in BBC
Martina Navratilova is “angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at...
Del Potro victory ends Federer’s win streak
Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points in a thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open Sunday before handing world No. 1 Roger Federer his first loss of the year...
Thunder end Raptors run
Russell Westbrook’s fifth straight triple double helped the Oklahoma City Thunder end the Toronto Raptors 11-game NBA winning streak Sunday, as the Portland Trail...
Doctor claims Russian players world’s cleanest
Russia’s World Cup team doctor claimed Monday that his country’s domestic football leagues were cleaner than any other sport on the planet.
Astori ‘tragedy’ weighs on Italy
Already at a historic low point following a failed World Cup qualification, Italy’s rebuilding effort begins this week with the team in mourning following the death of...
Late Atletico defeat moves Barca closer to title
Barcelona took a giant step toward winning the La Liga title after they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Sunday and nearest challengers Atletico Madrid lost 2-1 at Villarreal,...
Martina Navratilova is “angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at Wimbledon.
Osaka tops Kasatkina to win Indian Wells title
Unseeded Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win the Indian Wells final, routing Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 Sunday for her first WTA Tour title. World...
Federer, Venus Williams in semis at Indian Wells
The seniors are rolling into the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open.
Haas calls time on over two-decade career
Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas officially announced his retirement from tennis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Thursday, ending a career that spanned more than...
Russell Westbrook’s fifth straight triple double helped the Oklahoma City Thunder end the Toronto Raptors 11-game NBA winning streak Sunday, as the Portland Trail Blazers rumbled to a 13th consecutive victory.
Harden helps Rockets hold off Clippers
The Houston Rockets continued to steam toward the NBA playoffs Thursday with a 101-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James and the Cleveland...
Durant shines as Warriors halt Lakers
Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors shrugged off their injury crisis to overpower the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday.
Westbrook reaches triple ton, Raptors recover
Russell Westbrook snared the 100th triple-double of his career Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder closed in on a playoff berth with a 119-107 defeat of the Atlanta...
Westbrook one shy of 100 triple-doubles
Paul George and Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points apiece to help the Oklahoma City Thunder register a 106-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday at Chesapeake...
Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016 and putting himself among the favorites for the U.S. Masters.
Injury-riddled Cavs and Warriors win
LeBron James’ 70th career triple-double propelled the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109 NBA victory over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, when the injury plagued...
Klaebo becomes youngest cross-country ski World Cup champ
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, 21, became the youngest man to win the overall cross-country ski World Cup title Sunday, while his fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng retained the...
Wheelchair curling sets Pyeongchang pulses racing
It's probably the slowest sport at the Winter Paralympics, but curling has proved an unlikely hit, with spectators flocking to watch wheelchair-bound athletes...
Italy lead Scotland 17-12 at half-time in Six Nations
Italy powered to a 17-12 lead at half-time against Scotland in the two team's final Six Nations Test at the Stadio Olympico in Rome Saturday.
Max Verstappen says his remarkable success in a short pace of time on the Formula One circuit is not down to being stronger mentally than others, but simply because he enjoys driving fast.
Hamilton says not close to ‘final chapter’
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to reign supreme in Formula One for years to come as the world champion prepares for the start of the new season next weekend.
Dovizioso edges out Marquez in Qatar
Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso won a thrilling season-opening Qatar MotoGP Sunday, surviving a last lap challenge from world champion Marc Marquez.
F1 champ Hamilton not close to 'final chapter'
Tight at the top as MotoGP season fires up
Valentino Rossi has been around MotoGP longer than any rider and reckons the fans could be in for a thriller in 2018, the 39-year-old Italian’s 23rd racing season and...
Set amid restored heritage structures in the heart of the old city, Calligraphy Square is one of the Sharjah Art Foundation’s favored venues for musical performance.
Egyptian director cancels play over censorship
Egypt’s state censors prohibited the performance of a play just hours before its Sunday premiere in Cairo, the latest episode in authorities’ unrelenting crackdown on...
Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric
A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance
Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
Daryl Hannah wants more women in film
Film star Daryl Hannah returned to the red carpet with her debut as a feature film director and said the odds are stacked against women taking prominent roles in the...
SAF announces production grant winners
At the opening of 2018’s March Meetings, Sharjah Art Foundation announced the seven recipients of its 2018 production program grant, three of whom are Lebanese.
The great hunt for lost Lenins
In December 2013, Ukrainian nationalists took to the streets of Kiev in what was the start of the Maidan Revolution. The protesters marched to Bessarabska Square, where...
Tales of terror echo around African arts event
Very modern tales of religious intolerance, Islamist terrorism and illegal immigration are being heard as African storytellers tackle the burning issues of today far...
Shaquille O'Neal to hold carnival-style EDM affair in Miami
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will put his DJ skills on display at his own carnival-style event after a popular electronic dance music festival in Miami.
Spotify, controversial king of music streaming
Spotify may incontestably be the king of music streaming, but as the Swedish firm prepares for a stock listing, there is still a divide whether its reign is benign or...
Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
Film star Daryl Hannah returned to the red carpet with her debut as a feature film director and said the odds are stacked against women taking prominent roles in the film industry.
Bean on the short life span of his characters
Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies on screen. He’s been stabbed, shot, chased off...
'Black Panther' clings to lead, nears an all-time record
Digging in its claws, "Black Panther" has clung to its box-office lead for a fifth straight weekend, taking in an estimated $27 million in North American theaters while...
Danny Boyle ‘working on script’ for new Bond film
Danny Boyle says he’s working on the script for the next James Bond movie.
Bartender, bandmate: Tales of Bill Murray
The stories told in a new documentary about Bill Murray are the stuff of an offbeat legend, taking the star to a Scottish house party where he washed the dishes, to...
Christian Dior has announced that its long-time menswear designer Kris Van Assche is to leave the Parisian fashion house.
French designer Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91
Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his...
Nun involved in lawsuit with Katy Perry over convent dies
A nun involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died after collapsing during a court appearance.
Common singles out NRA, Kimmel takes aim at Trump at Oscars
Hollywood seized the microphone at Sunday's Oscars and wasn't shy about its passions, sprinkling political moments throughout a show that included anti-gun and...
Kimmel jokes about Oscars envelope issues
Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as Oscars host with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year’s historic envelope malfunction.
Deep in the high-ceilinged corridors of Taiwan’s presidential office, calligraphers craft messages on behalf of the island’s leaders as they seek to keep the traditional art alive.
Baby Donald Trump causes a stir in Afghanistan
Donald Trump flops over his pink-and-white baby walker and rolls it around his family’s modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware of the turmoil his “infidel” name is...
Mini cars drive away
children’s fears of surgery
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public...
Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes
It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow.
Women discuss juggling families, careers
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a...
Morocco stallion race pushes endurance limits
Battling gusts of sandy wind, riders from across the world struggled to control feisty stallions as they raced in the first Gallops of Morocco, a desert endurance...
Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo
Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long-denied to many women in the conservative kingdom – the right...
Celebrated Portuguese luthiers face end of line
Surrounded by planers and other woodworking tools, Joaquim Capela carefully sculpts a new bridge for a violin at a tiny workshop in northern Portugal as it drizzles...
Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off – to the operating theater. The 5-year-old girl is a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes, which has begun using toys rather than drugs to alleviate the children’s fears of surgery.
Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead
On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
Cancer therapy works in 75 pct of patients: study
A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the U.S. instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown...
Dementia linked to chronic boozing says study
Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet...
After achieving a record number of registered candidates in the upcoming elections and continuing to gain a footing in the workplace, for many Lebanese women, a question remains: Where does this progress leave motherhood?
Italian Design Day joins sustainability, flair
At the colorful Villa Linda Sursock in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood, a large yellow chair in the corner still somehow manages to stand out in spite of the stunning...
Syrian Farmer With Carriage Garden
With his three-wheeled wooden cart overflowing with plants, Syrian refugee Mohammad Mustafa walks the streets and alleys of Sidon peddling flowers.
As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and leveling soil for building projects.
Stem cell eye treatment safe, restores some vision
Two people with severe vision loss due to a degenerative eye disease are able to read after embryonic stem cell treatment, researchers said Monday.
Steve Jobs pre-Apple job application fetches $174,000 at auction
A one-page job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflected the Apple founder's technology aspirations sold for $174,000 at a U.S....
Rihanna takes aim at Snapchat after beating ad
Rihanna Thursday accused Snapchat of shaming domestic abuse victims after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown.
Nickname for Pluto-explorer's next target: Ultima Thule
There's a new nickname for the icy world next up for the spacecraft that explored Pluto: Ultima Thule.
Europe’s tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with “overtourism,” where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving daily on cheap flights and cruise ships.
During strife at Panama City hotel, Trump Mojitos but no water
If you can overlook the intermittently running water, Friday’s four-hour power outage and occasional police presence in the lobby, the Trump hotel in Panama City...
Spanish climber's winter Everest summit bid in question
A Spanish climber has abandoned an attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mount Everest for 25 years, the expedition organizer said Tuesday, after "lethal weather"...
Marvel superheroes to feature in Disney's Paris expansion
The Walt Disney Company has announced a two billion-euro ($2.5 billion) expansion plan for Disneyland Paris, which will feature Marvel superheroes.
Woman killed by lion at S.Africa game lodge
A 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lion on Tuesday at a private game lodge close to South Africa's capital Pretoria, local media reported.
Self-driving cars will hit the roads in China "within three to five years", the founder of Chinese internet giant Baidu, one of the world's leading designers of driverless cars, said Thursday.
Ford recalling 1.38 mln sedans over steering defect
Ford announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the...
German automakers biggest spenders on electric cars
Germany's massive car industry is the biggest investor worldwide in electric vehicles, a study published Monday found, as it scrambles under increasing pressure to...
Electric sports cars blur need for speed
Sports car brands such as Porsche and Lamborghini are losing the speed crown to lesser-known rivals offering electric supercars boasting record acceleration.
High-end sports cars gleam in Geneva
When it comes to gawking at high-end sports cars, the Geneva International Motor Show is a pretty good place to be.
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent.
Indian wildlife sanctuary sees jump in one-horned rhinos
A tiny wildlife sanctuary in northeastern India has reported a jump in the number of one-horned rhinoceroses.
VW headquarters searched by prosecutors
Volkswagen said on Tuesday that its global headquarters were searched again by German prosecutors in early March as part of an investigation into its diesel emissions...
Enlist nature’s help to quench world’s growing thirst: U.N.
The world should look to nature for better ways to maintain supplies of water, keep it clean and protect people from droughts and floods, the United Nations said Monday.
Seychelles coral reefs face climate change threat
Beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles, the fight is on to save coral reefs that shelter a range of creatures, from tiny...