On a sweltering summer day, Walid and Ahmad sit on Hamra street with their blackened shoe shining rags between their legs.
Hezbollah, Syrian army assail Zabadani
Hezbollah and the Syrian army Friday struck at militant positions inside Zabadani at the southern end of Qalamoun, a security source told The Daily Star, on the third...
Car bombs explode in Libya's Derna, at least 6 killed
At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded when several car bombs exploded in the Libyan city of Derna, a medical source said on Friday.
Iran says nuclear talks nearing finish line
A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping toward the finish line Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including...
Airbus and Mahindra to make military choppers in India
European aerospace giant Airbus and India's Mahindra group have inked a deal to jointly build helicopters as the Indian government moves to upgrade the country's ageing...
Aoun calls for streets protests
FPM leader calls on supporters to stage demonstrations in the streets
Prosecutor charges 11 with health care fraud
Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim Friday charged 11 people, including a doctor and a pharmacist, with health care fraud.
New French ambassador will help ‘protect stability’
The newly appointed French ambassador promised to do his utmost to preserve Lebanon’s stability despite the difficulties facing the nation, the National News Agency...
Syrian army bombards rebels aiming for Aleppo
Syrian government forces carried out heavy airstrikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led...
Airstrike kills ISIS leader in Syria: Pentagon
A senior ISIS leader who coordinated suicide bombings and recruited funds and fighters for the militants has been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon...
Turkey reinforces Syria border
Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but...
European aerospace giant Airbus and India's Mahindra group have inked a deal to jointly build helicopters as the Indian government moves to upgrade the country's ageing military hardware, the companies said.
Afghan parliament rejects second defense minister nominee
Afghanistan's parliament rejected the second nominee for defense minister, leaving the key position in limbo after nine months and as the Taliban insurgency makes gains...
Unseasonal storm wreaks havoc in Marshalls
Residents in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro attempted a clean up Saturday after a powerful storm damaged houses and smashed boats while another unseasonal typhoon...
4.5 magnitude quake rattles Nicaragua's Pacific coast
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattled cities along Nicaragua's Pacific coast late Friday, seismologists said, with no reports of injuries or damage.
Australia solidarity rallies ahead of Greek vote
Hundreds of people rallied in Australia in solidarity with Greece on Saturday, mainly in Melbourne which has a large Greek community, ahead of the make-or-break weekend...
BLOM Purchasing Managers’ Index for the month of June showed some improvement compared to May although the decline in business activity this year remained very slow.
Farmers call for long-term plan to help sector
Farmers praised the government’s decision to subsidize agricultural exports but insisted that this step is not sufficient to solve the long-term problems of the sector.
Saudi Arabia opens privatized airport for hajj
Saudi Arabia Thursday officially opens a $1 billion aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom’s first airport privatization.
Egypt slides on security fears, Gulf mixed
Egyptian stocks fell on Thursday because of security worries after bloody clashes with militants in Sinai.
Arabs can make it in France: entrepreneur Altrad
Mohed Altrad says he’s living proof that an Arab can make it in France.
IMF calls for taxes on fuel, EDL restructuring
The International Monetary Fund recommended new taxes and an overhauling of the state-owned electricity sector to reduce the growing public debt and increase badly...
Fiber-optic Internet to be rolled out by 2020
Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb unveiled Wednesday a five-year plan to revamp Lebanon’s telecoms infrastructure, assuring that Internet users across the...
Lebanon tells U.S. it won’t hand waters to Israel
Lebanon told a senior U.S. official that it would not make any concessions on the disputed maritime border zone with Israel believed to contain large quantities of...
UAE cites progress in establishing tax system
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have made progress toward setting up a federal tax system to bolster government revenue.
Egypt devalues pound in search of growth
Egypt weakened its currency to a record low as the country seeks to boost economic growth amid escalating attacks by Islamic militants that threaten to exacerbate...
Iranians hope deal means money, food, jobs
To Iran’s leaders, solving a nuclear standoff with the West might be a question of maintaining geopolitical influence and prestige.
EU markets fall two days before Greek vote
European stocks declined, posting their worst week this year, as investors awaited Sunday’s Greek referendum on austerity.
Russia waits in wings as Greek crisis deepens
Russian President Vladimir Putin must be finding it hard to contain a wry smile as the European Union struggles with Greece’s debt problems.
Eurozone businesses shrug off Greek fears
Eurozone business activity expanded at its fastest pace in four years last month as the European Central Bank’s stimulus package more than offset fears that Greece...
U.S. health insurance giant Aetna to buy Humana
U.S. health insurance giant Aetna will buy rival Humana for $37 billion, said a statement issued Friday by both companies, creating a group with estimated annual sales...
In an interview published Friday, FPM leader Michel Aoun revealed himself to be living in a parallel universe. Declaring Lebanon run by a mafia, Aoun appeared to lack any self-awareness.
A macabre, deadly joke
Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
Fight fire with fire
Terror has arrived in Egypt, after years of simmering tension and periodic upsurges in violence.
Against tyranny and ISIS, call on Elvis
We are commemorating several significant anniversaries this week which provide us with much food for thought about events across the Middle East at one of its most...
Surkov has kept Putin’s popularity up
In Soviet Russia, everybody knew that they were being watched.
We are commemorating several significant anniversaries this week which provide us with much food for thought about events across the Middle East at one of its most dynamic and difficult moments.
A climate accord requires Apollo-like ambition
In 1961, when the United States was faced with the threat of falling behind the Soviet Union in the space race, President John F. Kennedy called for a program –...
Remembering Fouad Ajami, one year later
Just over a year ago Fouad Ajami passed away.
The Greek crisis may end up being a good thing
Many commentators have seen the Greek financial crisis as an exercise in stupidity.
Paolo Guerrero fires Peru to a third place playoff victory over Paraguay hto stay in the hunt for Copa America tournament top-scorer honors.
Japan, U.S. seek revenge in Cup final
Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation...
Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will make Phoenix a new contender in the NBA's tough Western Conference
Big names in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among...
Williams vs. Williams, Djokovic, Sharapova cruise
Serena Williams set up a Wimbledon last-16 showdown with sister Venus Friday after surviving a major third-round scare as Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova eased into...
Can female games spirit survive its popularity?
For those weary of players diving in the penalty area, rolling around on the pitch after minor fouls or brandishing imaginary yellow cards in the referee’s face, the...
England, Germany play for pride and third
England and Germany wipe away the tears as they play for pride and third place at the Women’s World Cup in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium Saturday.
Falcao gets fresh start at Chelsea
Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao said Friday he is raring to go at Chelsea after signing a one-year loan deal with the English Premier League champions.
Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
Former Cedars player Vroman found dead
Former Lebanese basketball national team player Jackson Vroman was found dead in his California home Monday.
US-born Lebanese basketball player found dead
Jackson Vroman, a U.S.-born former NBA player who later joined Lebanon's national basketball team, was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 34.
Serena Williams set up a Wimbledon last-16 showdown with sister Venus Friday after surviving a major third-round scare as Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova eased into the second week.
Slumping Nadal facing career endgame
Rafael Nadal insists his career, which has yielded 14 Grand Slam titles and $73 million, is not finished, but evidence was mounting Friday that the Spaniard has reached...
Nadal crashes to new Wimbledon low
Rafael Nadal’s career tailspin accelerated Thursday when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown condemned him to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation.
Nadal slumps to new Wimbledon humiliation
Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by dread-locked German qualifier Dustin Brown, his fourth successive humiliation at the All England Club
Djokovic, Sharapova, Serena breeze in Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon Wednesday where temperatures soared to an all-time record high.
The home crowd were cheering for Lewis Hamilton but Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was the man on top of the timesheets in both free practice sessions for the British Grand Prix Friday.
Hamilton determined to dominate home race
Lewis Hamilton may not be feeling the years just yet but the double Formula One world champion still senses time is ticking by as he gears up for the ninth British...
Formula E hopes to expand to Africa, India
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Rossi tops Marquez to win Dutch MotoGP
Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Rossi takes tight duel with Marquez to win Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi won a tight duel with reigning world champion Marco Marquez to win Saturday's Motul TT Assen and stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings.
Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four’s Battle Royale at the Tour de France – the most highly anticipated race in decades.
Farah adamant he is 100 percent clean
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah reiterated Wednesday he was “100 percent clean” as doping allegations continued to swirl around coach Alberto Salazar.
Injured Bolt heads to see ‘world’s best doctor’
Sprint star Usain Bolt was in Munich Wednesday, seeking treatment from famous doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt in a bid to cure his problematic pelvis injury...
Injured Bolt pulls out of Paris, Lausanne
Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s troubled season continued Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.
Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France
Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micro managers Team Sky...
A literary critic, a judge and an explorer were among a tiny group of wealthy Britons who conquered the Alps’ highest peaks 150 years ago, never expecting their “gentlemen’s” hobby would morph into a worldwide sport.
Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style
A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry.
Facegloria: Facebook for Brazil's Evangelicals
Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian...
Solar Impulse arrives in Hawaii, completing historic flight
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly...
Ramadan Village: hot meals to families in need
The Ramadan Village, a charity project hosted by the Makhzoumi Foundation, provides hot meals to families in need throughout the holy month.
Square fruit: Odd shaped melons herald Japan summer
Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped...
Book takes on culture of kids bullying parents
There’s a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups.
Blind French hikers cross mountains with special GPS
Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help...
Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian Evangelicals.
Review: Gadgets for the beach, weekend getaway
If you’re headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don’t forget these “essential” gadgets.
Fantasy sports now worth billions
Fantasy sports were once just a fun way for die-hard fans to express their love of the game together with other zealots, without actually getting out on the field...
Dubai plans to build 3-D printed office building
Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster.
Walking the talk
Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say?
Ramadaniyat kick off at Masrah al-Madina
For many people in Lebanon, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, charity, forgiveness and other spiritual activities.
Collective photos document urban life
Since 2013, Beirut’s residents and visitors have gotten the chance to get deeply engaged in the city and its various neighborhoods through the medium of documentary...
Sofil unveils menu of epicurean delights
It’s all too often the case that the worst thing about gala and corporate dinners is, in fact, the dinner.
Newer cars aren’t supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines – mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru – require an extra quart as often as once a month.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations
Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”
Mini Countryman stands out even among brand mates
It’s a bit chilly so I’m walking to the car to grab the light jacket I brought with me, except there’s a problem: I can’t see anything.
‘Back to the Future’ hoverboard comes to life
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The...
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego – but summer means the chilly Pacific waters are warm enough for surfing without a wetsuit.
London’s Bloomsbury has books, much more
Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and...
Branson unveils plans for ‘boutique’ cruise line
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
Low-cost airlines boost green travel to Azores
No longer a pipe dream for nature lovers on a budget, travel to the Azores’ lush forests, lakes, volcanic craters and whale-watching spots has been given a major boost...
Hawaiian town deals with downside of No.1 ranking
Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S....
10 ideas for turning toast into something delish
We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings.
Vouvray wines are in safe hands in the Loire
The Chenin Blanc grape is synonymous with Vouvray, one of the best-known subregions in the Loire region of France, producing wines that can last decades because of the...
Parents countering ugly hair cut videos
Russell Fredrick’s middle son was 12 when he wouldn’t quit playing around in class and ignoring his homework, so the barber did what he does best. He picked up his...
Virtual reality targets fitness classes
Virtual reality is making inroads into group-fitness classes and personal-training sessions and promises to get more immersive as the technology advances, according to...
Mike Levine is traveling from Florida to Chicago see all three of the Grateful Dead's final concerts
Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new record at MSG
Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.
Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks
The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was 'hurtful and unfair' in his comments about Mexican migrants
Garner, Affleck say they’re getting divorce
As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family.
Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz...
Prince pulls music from most online streaming services
Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services.
Sam Smith singing again after surgery
Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star...
Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering
Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as...
Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments...
Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV show 'The Avengers', dead at 93
Patrick Macnee, the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at the age of 93 at his home in California, his son said on the...
The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.
Grinding aplenty, little plot in Magic Mike XXL
There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.
In Winehouse doc ‘Amy,’ celebrity is the villain
Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP...
Cash crunch looms over Tutankhamun’s new home
Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the “curse of Tutankhamun” as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king’s burial chamber nearly a...
Aboriginal experience inspires artist decades on
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line – from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometers along China’s Great Wall, to...
Marvel brings its latest superhero offering to the silver screen in “Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd, known for his roles in popular comedies, portraying a thief who has the power to shrink in size but grow in power.
Rudd gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
It’s a big honor for “Ant-Man.”
Ballers looks at humor, drama in athletes lives
Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on “CSI: Miami,” but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the...
Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film
Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China - not for him but for an ex-boy band singer...
‘Old but not obsolete’ Schwarzenegger back again
“I’m old but I’m not obsolete,” Arnold Schwarzenegger says of his return as the fearsome cyborg from the future in his new movie “Terminator Genisys,” opening worldwide...