The Internal Security Forces arrested car thieves in Jounieh while they were attempting to drive off with a stolen vehicle, the ISF said Sunday.
Qatar emir speaks of Lebanon visit in Rai meet
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai met Sunday with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who spoke of the importance of enhancing dialogue to solve regional conflicts.
French performers, politicians decry 'new anti-Semitism'
Actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and former President Nicolas Sarkozy are among some 300 well-known French people urging national action to counter a...
Greek president rejects soldier swap with Turkey
Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Sunday rejected the suggestion of a swap deal involving two Greek soldiers jailed in Turkey in exchange for Turkish soldiers...
High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported
A fire broke out Sunday atop a prominent skyscraper in Dubai, sending smoke billowing from its roof and those inside fleeing into the streets before firefighters...
Sunday runday: Racers compete across Lebanon
Runners raced around Nabatieh, Beirut and Tripoli Sunday, in three competitions organized with an eye to promoting change and championing social causes.
U.S Central Command head arrives in Beirut
United States Central Command head Gen. Joseph Votel discussed military cooperation with Lebanon as well as regional security developments during Friday meetings with...
Tripoli dump wall partially collapsed
A wall built to contain a burgeoning Tripoli dumpsite is progressively cracking and quivering behind the weight of a 37-meter-high pile of decomposing trash that...
Actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and former President Nicolas Sarkozy are among some 300 well-known French people urging national action to counter a "new anti-Semitism" that they blame on rising Islamic radicalism.
Daesh suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital
A Daesh (ISIS) suicide bomber carried out an attack at a voter registration center in the capital Kabul on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others,...
Nude gunman kills four, hero grabs gun at Nashville waffle house
A man who was naked but for a green jacket shot and killed at least four people before a patron snatched his gun and tossed it over the counter at a Waffle House...
Macron's party divided as France debates immigration law
French lawmakers were set to vote Sunday on a controversial immigration law that has exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's young centrist party.
A fire broke out Sunday atop a prominent skyscraper in Dubai, sending smoke billowing from its roof and those inside fleeing into the streets before firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Turkish opposition deputies switch to help fledging party fight snap elections
Fifteen Turkish parliamentarians from the main opposition have switched to the fledgling Iyi Party to ensure it can run in snap June elections called by President Recep...
Evacuated Syria rebels, civilians head to Afrin
Syrian rebels and civilians bused out of an area near Damascus were heading Sunday to a northwestern pocket of the country held by pro-Turkish forces, a monitor and...
Iraq's April 19 air strike in Syria killed 36 Daesh militants
An Iraqi air strike in Syria on April 19 has killed 36 Daesh (ISIS) militants, including some of the group's leaders in Syria, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters...
Libyan airstrikes target 'terrorist sites' east of Misrata
The self-styled Libyan National Army says it has carried out airstrikes against "terrorist sites" near the city of Misrata, which is controlled by a rival militia.
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 major step forward for the country, as political work had ground to a halt while lawmakers focused solely on agreeing the final text.
Canada 'fully prepared' for Lebanese expat voting: Ambassador
Preparations for Lebanon’s parliamentary elections are in full swing in Canada, the state-run National News Agency reported Sunday, citing the Lebanese ambassador to...
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.
New vote law leaves Lebanese perplexed
Lebanon’s bizarre electoral law has more than a few politicians scratching their heads – and others bowing out of the race entirely.
Hariri rallies supporters against Future foes
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday pleaded with his supporters to vote in high numbers, warning of attempts by rivals to defeat the Future Movement, in the PM’s latest...
The suspension of interest rate subsidies on housing loans in the beginning of the year caused demand for properties in the first quarter of 2018 to drop by 23.7 percent compared to the same period of 2017, according to Byblos Bank Real Estate Demand Index.
Subsidized housing loans to be reactivated
Subsidized housing loans for limited income families are expected to be reactivated in a few months after the Finance Ministry and Central Bank pledged to inject more...
Iraq extends deadline for Mosul refinery
Iraq has extended the deadline for foreign companies and investors to bid for the construction and operation of a new 100,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery near Mosul...
Oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from U.S. President Donald...
US should avoid 'trade war with allies,' Macron says
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday reiterated demands that Europe be definitively spared from punishing new US steel and aluminum tariffs, days before a...
ABL urges government to revise double taxation
The head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey has renewed his call on the government to revise taxes that he says harm the economy and affect the...
Lebanese Australian takes 5 pct of Bank of Beirut
Lebanese Australian businessman Sarkis Nassif has acquired 5 percent of Bank of Beirut’s ordinary and capital stake, the bank announced Wednesday.
Local franchises face opportunities, tests
Lebanese franchises are increasingly looking to grow their brands beyond Lebanon and the region.
Iraq has extended the deadline for foreign companies and investors to bid for the construction and operation of a new 100,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery near Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, the oil ministry said on Sunday.
Iraq pays first war reparations to Kuwait since 2014
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been dead for more than a decade but Kuwait is still receiving reparations for his 1990 invasion, with the latest tranche of $90...
Market has capacity to absorb higher oil prices: Saudi minister
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices after crude made a strong recovery.
Saudi reforms to bring foreign funds
Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in global equity indexes and the planned privatization of oil company Aramco are expected to bring big inflows of overseas money into the...
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday reiterated demands that Europe be definitively spared from punishing new US steel and aluminum tariffs, days before a temporary exemption is due to expire.
US signals support for increase in World Bank funding
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday signaled Washington would support the World Bank request for a sharp increase in lending capacity in exchange for...
Chips down: China to up semiconductor production
China has long pushed the development of high-end semiconductors as a key strategic objective. Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision...
Sterling falls as BoE interest rate rise unlikely
Sterling fell half a percent to a fresh two-week low against the dollar Friday after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signaled that the central bank may not raise...
Global debt and protectionism to threaten growth
The biggest threats to global economic growth are government debt and protectionist leanings, European Union economy commissioner Pierre Moscovici said, underlining the...
Israelis this week are celebrating “Independence day,” marking 70 years since the creation of the state of Israel, according to the Hebrew calendar.
Time to up the pressure
The Arab world has been waiting for a long time for an American leader with the vision, the sense of justice and the will to reconnect again with the region and its...
Wisdom of youth
Social cohesion is not anymore a topic or theme tackled in the recipe of planning or implementing a developmental project, it is a global concern as a pillar for any...
Space: The next emerging frontier of warfare
Sitting at the controls of a Boeing space-flight simulator, “docking” the company’s planned “Starliner” craft with an imaginary space station, you begin to understand...
The last Reaganite, the transformation of the GOP
Paul Ryan’s decision to retire from Congress is being interpreted as a sign by many that the Republicans will do poorly in the midterm elections.
Charting a new course
Campaigns for parliamentary elections in Lebanon have often turned the political debate into a competition in the mastery of charm to attract support for a candidate...
Eye of the storm
The region is being deafened by the drums of war, and as signaled by aggressive rhetoric, the redeployment of fleets, and relocation of bases and missiles, there is no...
Path to prosperity
At a time when Lebanon has much to be upbeat about, and as the country stands with purpose at the start of a long and challenging transformation, the last thing it...
Social cohesion is not anymore a topic or theme tackled in the recipe of planning or implementing a developmental project, it is a global concern as a pillar for any developmental process.
The ‘Next Eleven’ and the world economy
On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges.
Unemployment, U.S. leadership and automation
Not so long ago, there were two competing explanations of unemployment. The first was the Keynesian theory of deficient demand, which holds that workers become...
Arab old guard must wake up to sustainability
Listening to some Arab delegates at international conferences, you would think they came from an alien planet.
Trump weighs consequences of Syria strike
After fulminating about retaliation for the latest Syrian chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration cooled off long enough to consider the dangers of such a...
The internet has a bigger problem than Facebook
A word of advice for Congress as it ponders new schemes for internet regulation after the “perp walk” this week of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg: Don’t do it.
Russia short on options if Trump bet fails
Russia long saw Donald Trump as the wild card in its strategy to improve relations with the United States.
How the courts could protect the Mueller probe
If U.S. President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that won’t necessarily be the end of his investigation.
A flash of attacking brilliance from Olivier Giroud and an emphatic header from substitute Alvaro Morata earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over struggling Southampton at Wembley on Sunday and an FA Cup final date with Manchester United next month.
Arsenal beats West Ham 4-1 at start of Wenger's farewell
Arsene Wenger saw Arsenal claim a 4-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday in his first game since announcing his 22-year managerial reign will finish at the end of the...
Nadal beats Nishikori to win Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal won a record 31st Masters title after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday.
Nadal wins 11th Monte Carlo Masters title
Rafael Nadal romped to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final to retain the world number one ranking.
Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead
Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 Thursday night for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs,...
Bayern must be fearless against Real: Robben
Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich can ill afford to show Real Madrid any fear if they want to avoid a second-straight Champions League exit against the Spaniards.
Pochettino raises questions over future after Spurs FA Cup defeat
Mauricio Pochettino sparked speculation over his future at Tottenham after Manchester United extended the London club's FA Cup semi-final pain at Wembley.
Iniesta says 'emotional' final may be his last for Barca
Andres Iniesta hinted he may have played his last final for Barcelona after they crushed Sevilla 5-0 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday.
Sharapova gears up for Stuttgart return
Maria Sharapova spent time prior to the start of the Stuttgart Grand Prix flinging a factory-fresh 700-horsepower Porsche 911 RT2 RS around a test track in Germany's...
Nadal thrashes Thiem in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal crushed fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to romp into the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals Friday as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title in style.
Nadal thrashes Thiem to cruise into Monte Carlo semis
Rafael Nadal crushed fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to romp into the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Friday as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title in style.
Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 Thursday night for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin. Golden State can close the first-round series with a win this coming Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4.
Durant leads Warriors to 3-0 lead over mourning Spurs
Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich.
James’ epic start helps Cavs even series
LeBron James crystalized his reputation as one of the best playoff performers in NBA history Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a Game 1 rout with a...
Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors
DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points as the Toronto Raptors overwhelmed the Washington Wizards 130-119 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NBA...
Durant, Thompson sink Spurs, Wade stuns Sixers
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson handed San Antonio a painful shooting lesson as Golden State took a grip on their Western Conference playoff duel Monday.
Mo Farah was unhappy with the way staff at the London Marathon handled a mishap with his drinks bottle, even though he went on to break the British record on Sunday.
O’Sullivan aims for sixth world snooker title
Ronnie O’Sullivan believes he can cap a fine season by winning a sixth world championship but has named two-time defending champion Mark Selby as the Crucible favorite.
Australia captain promises to build trust
Australia test captain Tim Paine pledged Thursday to embark on a new era of “respectful” cricket and rebuild public trust after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked...
Violent esports not welcome at Olympics: IOC
Esports with violent content cannot be considered for the Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday.
Brady yet tell Patriots if he’s in for 2018
Tom Brady is not yet officially committed to playing in 2018, but the New England Patriots and others close to him expect the 40-year-old back for his 20th season.
Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One rivals should beware the backlash because the four-time world champion’s dip in form will not last long, his former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg has warned.
Max needs to think more, Verstappen’s father says
Max Verstappen’s father Jos has advised the Red Bull driver to think more carefully after his recent botched overtaking maneuvers drew criticism and calls to calm down.
Red Bull, Ferrari prizing open Mercedes’ grip
It may be premature to call the end of an era of Mercedes domination but Daniel Ricciardo’s thrilling win for Red Bull in Shanghai Sunday marks a clear shift in the...
Ricciardo celebrates surprise victory in China
Daniel Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory Sunday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull...
Shanghai ‘disaster’ clouds title hopes: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton declared his Chinese Grand Prix a “disaster” Sunday and said Mercedes would find it tough to repeat their F1 championship victory unless they can sort...
Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan.
Prize-winning photos profile security guards
“The concept of my photos,” photographer Joe Ghanem told The Daily Star, “is capturing those elderly people who are forced to work as security guards.”
Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender fetches $250,000 at auction
The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of...
Coachella homecoming with Destiny’s Child reunion
Beyonce returned spectacularly to the stage with a joyous, homecoming-themed party at the Coachella festival where she delighted fans with a rare reunion of her former...
Pacino, De Palma remember ‘Scarface’
Old “Scarface” friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma...
Boghossian Foundation calls for award applicants
The Boghossian Foundation’s annual Young Lebanese Artists Award announced its call for applications Friday, with two new categories added. Founded in 1992, the...
DIFF moves to biennial program: will it matter?
Change has come to the Gulf’s oldest international film festival, and brought with it a little more uncertainty for the region’s filmmakers. Earlier this week the...
Beiteddine Festival unveils summer bill
Beiteddine Art Festival is gearing up for its 33rd edition, with a series of cultural acts aiming to draw spectators from all corners of the country and beyond.
The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of Dallas.
Old “Scarface” friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma for an evening full of reflection on how the ferocious and garish gangster epic – like Tony Montana’s rise from dishwasher to drug lord – has grown in stature.
‘Scandal’ wraps, pop culture impact stays
As “Scandal” wrapped its seventh and final season on ABC Thursday, the political drama – starring Kerry Washington as professional problem solver in the nation’s...
‘Westworld’ struck? Join the club
Baffled by some of the plot lines in sci-fi television series “Westworld?”
New film untangles Lisbeth Salander’s past
The latest cinematic installment of the smash hit “Millennium Series” will reveal more details about mysterious hacker heroine, Lisbeth Salander, and delve into her...
The Rock: From video games to the big screen
It was a decades-old, deep love of arcade video game “Rampage” for actor Dwayne Johnson – and now the burly action star has been able to inhabit the treacherous...
Actor Verne Troyer from the "Austin Powers" movie franchise has died.
Police: Man arrested at Taylor Swift house had knife, rope
A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on...
Pacquiao to launch own cryptocurrency
Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he would launch a cryptocurrency to connect with fans, but also backed the regulation of virtual currencies.
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died.
Geoffrey Rush 'virtually housebound' in defamation case
Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush is "virtually housebound" and "barely eats" after a Sydney newspaper claimed he engaged in inappropriate behaviour at a theatre, his lawyer...
Some of Prince’s closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction – yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got the fentanyl that killed him, according to investigative documents released Thursday.
Akita dogs melt foreign hearts
Hollywood actor Richard Gere, French film star Alain Delon and Russia’s figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova have one thing in common: They adore Japan’s Akita dogs.
After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again
Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to brace for impact. The plane hurtling toward the unforgiving ground.
Japanese firm to trial urine test to spot cancer
A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening...
Festival for man’s best friend a barking success
A four-legged security guard greeted attendees Sunday at the entrance to WoofFest, making sure the guests were friendly and nonaggressive toward others.
Mistakes kill: The daring world of motocross
“It’s crazy what we do, there’s no limit. If you make a mistake, you can die.” They are the chilling words of Taka Higashino, one of the stars of freestyle motocross,...
Ben Kilham, the American bear whisperer
Stripy and Jake are bear cubs fed by bottle, who frisk around happily.
Wood-chopping booms in Australia
A flash of metal glinted in the Sydney sunshine as Curtis Bennett took one last swing of his axe and brought it down hard on the log at his feet.
Preconception diet hurts kids’ health: studies
A child’s health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before conception,...
Immunotherapy a hope against lung cancer
For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer.
Haitan roots behind new anti-wrinkle oil
Swiss fragrance company Givaudan has begun recycling Haitian vetiver roots to make a new cosmetic substance it said can reduce wrinkles and help scents linger longer.
Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws?
Ethicist foresees being able to choose your baby
So you want to have a baby.
Facebook introduces new privacy safeguards in Europe
Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe as part of efforts to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and...
Scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme
Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could help in the fight against pollution.
Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants
Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach.
German police raided the offices of Porsche and Audi Wednesday as part of a fraud probe against two top Porsche executives and a former employee of the luxury carmaker in connection with the diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Tesla raises production but falls short of Model 3 goals
Electric car maker Tesla Inc. increased production of its Model 3 mass-market car in the first quarter but still fell far short of the numbers it promised last summer.
New cars getting driverless safety features
Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of...
Waymo to buy 20,000 Jaguars for robotic ride-hailing service
Self-driving car pioneer Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for a robotic ride-hailing service.
New cars are quickly getting self-driving safety features
New York City's Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.
UK to ban sale of plastic straws to tackle marine waste
Britain on Thursday announced plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England, as part of a push to tackle global marine pollution.
Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition
A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of...
Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions
The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth...
Top EU court says Poland broke law with forest logging
The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that Poland broke EU environmental law with large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest, an ecologically important...