U.S.-backed forces fighting Daesh (ISIS) militants in Syria were removing land mines and clearing main roads in Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after their commanders declared the city was under their control, a spokesman said
Qatar emir says open to dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis
Qatar is "open to dialogue" in resolving a dispute that has seen the Gulf state isolated from its Arab neighbors, its emir said during a visit to Indonesia on Wednesday
Aoun receives new ambassadors’ credentials
President Michel Aoun received the credentials of six new ambassadors to Lebanon at the presidential palace Tuesday.
Daesh leader’s ex-wife tells her tale in court
The Military Court this week issued a verdict in the case against Saja al-Dulaimi, the former wife of the Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ending a...
Portugal interior minister resigns over 106 wildfire deaths
The Portuguese minister in charge of emergency services resigned Wednesday after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year in the Iberian nation
Israel raids Palestinian media firms
Israeli forces raided Palestinian media offices in the occupied West Bank overnight in what a military spokeswoman Wednesday called a "large-scale operation" against...
Kirkuk to Ceyhan oil flows drop sharply to around 225,000 bpd
Crude oil flows through the Kurdish pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan have dropped sharply to around 225,000 barrels per day, a shipping source said on Wednesday...
From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel
Iran's military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni...
Former MP Lahoud comments on Israeli-Syrian exchange of fire
Former MP Emile Lahoud said Wednesday that Syria had been defending Lebanon when it shot recently at an Israeli warplane flying over Lebanese territory, state media...
ISF busts car theft ring
The Internal Security Forces Wednesday announced the arrest of four suspected car thieves.
Plans to reduce food wastage bearing fruit
Guests at the first Annual Awareness Dinner on Food Wastage earlier this week did their utmost to further the evening’s cause, making short work of the buffet prepared...
Philippines: Militant's widow recruited foreign fighters
Philippine authorities have arrested the widow of the leader of a militant band sympathetic to Daesh (ISIS) and say she recruited foreign fighters to the country and...
Hillary slams Trump's 'dangerous' war of words with NKorea
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump's "dangerous and short-sighted" war of words with North Korea Wednesday, saying his...
Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets
Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough...
Pakistan blast kills at least 6 security forces in Quetta
An explosion ripped through a police truck Wednesday to kill at least six security forces in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, police said.
A leading banker Tuesday expressed concern about the reluctance of American banks to deal with Arab lenders despite the fact that the latter have complied with all international standards to combat money laundering and terrorism funding.
Tapping into Lebanon’s SME potential
Lebanon isn’t the friendliest environment for businesses of any size, particularly new ones getting off the ground.
Inspection battle threatens Egypt’s wheat supply
Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world’s largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign...
Qatari banks to cut dollar sales to foreign banks
Some Qatari banks are becoming less willing to sell dollars to foreign lenders amid a lingering regional standoff with a Saudi-led alliance, according to people...
Pricey high-tech features define smartphone wars
The front lines of the battle for smartphone dominance over the coming years have grown clearer after Chinese firm Huawei presented a phone powered by artificial...
Solidere incurs $19M net loss in first half 2017
Real estate giant Solidere recorded a net loss of $18.9 million in the first six months of 2017 compared to a profit of $72.1 million in the same period of last year,...
Salameh: Lebanese banks safe from sanctions
Additional sanctions against Hezbollah being drafted by the United States will not affect the Lebanese banking sector, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said from...
Oil companies offer bids for blocks four and nine
A consortium of three international companies made a bid to explore gas in maritime blocks four and nine which could usher in a new era for Lebanon if the offers are...
Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world’s largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin.
Threat to Qatari banks’ liquidity fading: Fitch
The threat to Qatari banks’ funding and liquidity, triggered by withdrawals of foreign deposits amid a Saudi-led boycott of Doha, appears to be fading, Fitch Ratings...
Iran aircraft deals hang by thread as Trump targets Tehran
President Donald Trump's hawkish new approach towards Tehran, coupled with banking worries and domestic political turbulence in both countries, are causing growing...
Busy IPO season beckons for Cairo
Egypt’s stock market is shaping up to be the Middle East’s hot spot for initial public offerings next year.
The front lines of the battle for smartphone dominance over the coming years have grown clearer after Chinese firm Huawei presented a phone powered by artificial intelligence designed to go head-to-head with Samsung and Apple.
Powell likely next Fed chairman: economists
Jerome Powell likely will be the next Federal Reserve chairman, a slim majority of economists in a Reuters poll said – although most of them admitted current Fed Chair...
In U.K. interests to keep close EU economic ties
The OECD said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May risks doing long term-damage to the economy unless she secures a deal that maintains strong trade ties with the European...
Toys ‘R’ Us to mull options for $2B Asia unit
‘Toys “R” Us Inc., the retailer that filed for bankruptcy in North America, has been exploring options for its growing Asian business, including a potential initial...
Brexit transition period can create certainty for businesses: UK's Hammond
Companies in Britain and the European Union will benefit from the certainty of a time-limited transition period during Brexit, British finance minister Philip Hammond...
Since the creation of Lebanon, and later its independence, Christians have constituted a key component of the country’s fabric in all areas.
Advancing Lebanon cause
In a series of high-level international visits over recent months, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has championed the cause of Lebanon globally.
Economic growth without industrialization?
Despite low world prices for the commodities on which they tend to depend, many of the world’s poorest economies have been doing well.
Will reconciliation revive the two-state solution
When representatives of the two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a new reconciliation agreement in Cairo on Oct. 12, the focus was not on those...
Trump applies his business style to Iran dealings
Donald Trump is notorious in the business world for stiffing other companies when it’s time to pay the bill – offering partial settlement of what he owes and proposing...
For the Lebanese, the selection of Riad Salameh as one of the world’s nine best central bank governors by Global Finance Magazine comes as a point of pride.
Murky as crude oil
One would have thought that the oil and gas wealth that Lebanon is blessed with was a treasure owned by the Lebanese and its future generations that would help...
A break in the clouds
It goes without saying that news of the accord between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements should have emerged a decade ago, but now that it has come out with a...
Trump is strengthening Iran’s radicals
The United States and Iran have rarely agreed on how to proceed with nuclear talks or other elements of bilateral relations.
The Kim, Cook and Salman vision for the future
After five years in office, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, addressing the World Bank Group annual meeting in Washington on Oct. 13, said: “We always knew that...
We need a smarter approach to refugees
In recent years, few issues have generated as much public debate as the plight of refugees.
Donald Trump is notorious in the business world for stiffing other companies when it’s time to pay the bill – offering partial settlement of what he owes and proposing to negotiate the rest.
Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh
Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing hunger...
Tale of two climate strategies
Last week, The New York Times front page described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon...
Trump’s foreign policy plagued by lack of clarity
Critics have complained about President Donal Trump’s bombast on foreign policy, but some GOP insiders worry about a less visible problem – a hollowed-out bureaucracy...
Stop talking about mental health – it’s a dodge
“He’s a sick man, a demented man,” Donald Trump said, trying to explain the latest mass shooting in the United States.
Liverpool produced a superb attacking display to ignite their stuttering Champions League campaign with a blistering 7-0 Group E victory at Maribor Tuesday.
Italy draw Sweden in WCup playoff
Four-time winners Italy will play Sweden in a playoff for a place in the 2018 World Cup while the Republic of Ireland take on Denmark, following the draw Tuesday.
Federer ‘saves best for last’ to beat Nadal
Roger Federer said he “saved the best for last” after he beat great rival Rafael Nadal for the fifth time in succession to win the Shanghai Masters Sunday.
Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open Sunday before winning her first title since...
James back, Cavs debut new starting lineup
The King has returned. LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday after missing Cleveland’s first three games with a sprained left ankle.
Leicester sack manager Craig Shakespeare
Leicester City sacked Craig Shakespeare Tuesday, just four months after handing him a permanent contract to manage the former Premier League champions.
Heynckes back in charge as Bayern take on Celtic
Bayern Munich are looking to regroup in the Champions League at home to Celtic Wednesday as Jupp Heynckes coaches his first European game since winning the 2013 final.
Camp Nou reopens amid political confusion
For the first time since playing to an empty stadium in protest at a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia, Barcelona’s Camp Nou opens its doors...
Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.
Sharapova wins first title since drugs ban
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova weathered a strong challenge from teenager Aryna Sabalenka to win her first title since her 15-month doping ban at the...
Sharapova reaches first final since drugs ban
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova crushed Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 at the Tianjin Open on Saturday to reach her first final since serving a 15-month doping ban.
Riyadi Club gives trophy to President Aoun
Lebanese basketball powerhouse Riyadi Club gave their 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup trophy to President Aoun Wednesday at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the...
Kerr laments Warriors’ ‘lazy’ play vs. T-wolves
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors gave fans in China a crowd-pleasing taste of their up-tempo, free-flowing ball movement and explosive scoring.
Irving, Hayward debut as Celtics beat Hornets
Boston fans have been patiently awaiting their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.
U.S. charges NCAA coaches with bribery
U.S. authorities Tuesday unveiled fraud charges against 10 people associated with some of the country’s premier college basketball programs, including four coaches and...
The Tennessee Titans ended an 11-game losing streak to the Indianapolis Colts Monday night with a big pass and a big defensive play.
Froome faces Dumoulin duel in tricky 2018 Tour
Tom Dumoulin should be Chris Froome’s main rival as the Briton targets a record-equaling fifth title in the 2018 Tour de France, the route for which was unveiled Tuesday.
Kaepernick files grievance against NFL
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 owners of collusion, the controversial player’s legal team announced Sunday.
Charlo KOs Lubin to retain WBC crown
Jermell Charlo claimed bragging rights in the 154-pound division Saturday with a stunning first-round knockout of challenger Erickson Lubin to retain his World Boxing...
Dovizioso wins Japan thriller to cut Marquez lead
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso stunned world champion Marc Marquez on the final lap to win a rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix and blow the MotoGP title race wide open Sunday.
Usain Bolt, the “world’s fastest man,” will be putting Formula One title favorite Lewis Hamilton under starter’s orders for what could be a decisive U.S. Grand Prix this weekend.
Arrivederci, Arrivabene? Five talking points
Five talking points from the Japanese Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton’s victory Sunday.
Hamilton’s fourth a matter of when and where
The question of whether Lewis Hamilton will win his fourth Formula One world championship this year now looks more a matter of when and where after his Japanese Grand...
Hamilton on verge of fourth F1 title
Lewis Hamilton was within reach of his fourth Formula One title Sunday after winning the Japanese Grand Prix for Mercedes while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel suffered...
Rosberg: Fans denied thrilling F1 finish
Ferrari’s continuing reliability woes have robbed Formula One fans and Mercedes of the thrilling battle they had been hoping for, last year’s world champion Nico...
The latest exhibition to be extracted from the Sursock Museum’s permanent collection has been curated along narrative lines.
Art detectives probe what lies under a Fragonard
For decades, she was thought to have started out as a man.
Mashrou’ Leila responds to Egypt concert arrests
Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila denounced Egypt’s “anti-gay witch-hunt” and urged the international community to stand up for LGBTQI+ rights, in a statement...
Martin puts love in bluegrass form
There’s a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin’s new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good since five of the collection’s 14 tracks are...
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board
Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women...
Somalia calls for blood donations after bombing, Turkey sends doctors
Somalia is in desperate need for donated blood to treat survivors of a truck bombing in the capital Mogadishu Saturday that killed more than 300 people and injured at...
Where next for a rare archive?
A 20-year anniversary can fly under the radar as an organization gets on with the job.
Mountaineer Messner, on not getting killed
Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner is perhaps one of the world’s last great adventurers.
Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila denounced Egypt’s “anti-gay witch-hunt” and urged the international community to stand up for LGBTQI+ rights, in a statement posted to their official Facebook page Tuesday.
Musical legend Fairouz releases new album
The legendary Lebanese musician Fairouz released a new album Sunday entitled “Bebalee.”
Late Zappa back on tour as hologram
Experimental rocker Frank Zappa, prolific in his life and even in death through a string of posthumous releases, is heading back on tour as a hologram.
Lady Gaga calls off European tour, citing severe physical pain
Lady Gaga on Monday called off the European leg of her world tour, saying she was suffering from severe physical pain and was seeking medical treatment.
Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business.
Mr. Magoo is stumbling back onto screens
He’s back and this time he’s even older, blinder and more dangerous.
City more than backdrop for ‘Berlin Station’ cast
Actors Leland Orser and Keke Palmer crouch next to a fence at a dusty former East Berlin concrete plant as cranes whir behind them, moving pallets of goods in an...
In a cinema near you: Dubai destroyed, again
As a mammoth wave from the Gulf rises up to drown fleeing beachgoers and wash over the world’s tallest building, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve seen this before.
'Game of Thrones' cast gets no scripts, star says
The need-to-know policy for the "Game of Thrones" cast is going to extreme lengths during filming of the series' final season.
Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a massive outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond "me too" if they've been sexually assaulted or harassed.
UK police receive 3 new assault claims against Weinstein
British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
NY, London police investigating Weinstein amid 4th rape claim
The case against Harvey Weinstein took on an international dimension Thursday, with police in New York and Britain launching investigations -- while a fourth woman...
Hollywood mogul Weinstein accused of rape: New Yorker
Italian film star Asia Argento and two other women claim that disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped them, in a bombshell New Yorker expose published on...
In Weinstein's downfall, a moment of reckoning for Hollywood
If in a movie, Harvey Weinstein would probably cut the scenes of sexual harassment that have been described against him.
It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created.
Mideast women not working but educated
Women in the Middle East now outnumber men in universities but this isn’t translating into jobs – curbing the benefits of the “demographic dividend” that fuels economic...
Japan's 'Blade Library' offers joy of blade running to amputees
Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.
Tourniquets, once out of favor, helped save lives in Vegas shootings
When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on...
Debut L.I.P.S. fashion closes triumphantly
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor started to play while Freya, the Norse goddess of love, made her dramatic appearance on the runway, crying tears of gold.
What are neutron stars?
Thrilled physicists and astronomers announced Monday the first-ever observation of the merger of two neutron stars, one of the most spectacular and violent phenomena in...
Drive for giant marine sanctuary in Antarctica
Australia and France kick off a fresh push Monday to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured...
Should small children be banned from all screens?
Regulators and program-makers are at odds over whether small children should be banned from watching television or using tablets and smartphones.
CLES third Specific Learning Disabilities Day
Specific learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysphasia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia, memory deficit and attention deficit disorder affect around 10 percent...
South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter
War-torn South Sudan "should serve as an example" for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy...
Stock imaging challenges view of country
For decades, Lebanon has had an image problem.
L.I.P.S. opens first Designers and Brands show
The atmosphere of excitement and expectation built up as Beirut fashionistas, designers, influencers and journalists gathered for the start of the first L.I.P.S....
Beirut Design Fair showcases homegrown talent
Upon entering the Beirut Design Fair, one encounters an infectious atmosphere of excitement as visitors and designers alike circulated among 44 exhibitors showcasing...
Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday
The US solar industry's new growth region: Trump country
President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent...
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live...
Dwarf planet has a ring to it: study
Move over Saturn! Scientists have found a ring around an unassuming mini-planet in our Solar System to debunk the theory that only giant planets can be so adorned.
Rare photos by early NASA astronauts being auctioned off
John Glenn was the first person to snap a photograph of Earth from outer space. Neil Armstrong took the first picture from the moon's surface.
An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the ’60s is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues – with a little help from its jet-set visitors.
It may be the age of the compact crossover, but sometimes you want an SUV that’s not too big and not to small, but just right.
Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars by 2030
In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory.
Our picks for compact crossovers under $40,000
Every year it becomes more obvious that compact crossovers have conquered the market. It’s nothing less than a generational change, with buyers opting for vehicles from...
New cars rammed with distracting technology
The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for...
Your car should serve you, not vice versa
A long time ago, long before I even started working at The Daily Star, I had a friend named Joe. He had just gotten his first job at a bank and was determined to...