Over 500 Lebanese people submitted their candidacies for the parliamentary elections by the Tuesday night deadline, despite the rising likelihood that the vote will not be held on time.
Iran-Saudi tension freezes presidential efforts
Presidential polls are still on hold and there are no signs of a breakthrough that could pave the way for a consensus candidate, despite internal initiatives aimed at...
Follow laws of war in fighting ISIS: U.N.
U.N. war crimes investigators for Syria Tuesday cautioned world powers preparing military action against ISIS fighters that the “laws of war” would apply to them and...
Jihadists confiscate non-Sunni assets in Mosul
ISIS militants ruling Iraq’s northern city of Mosul are forcing residents who were in business partnerships with Christians and Shiites to hand over non-Sunni assets,...
Palestinian bagpipers back Scottish independence
Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the U.K. – Palestinian bagpipers.
Contacts underway for religious summit
Regional and international contacts are underway to prepare for an international Islamic-Christian summit, sources told The Daily Star Tuesday.
Military support fund in aid of Lebanese Army
The World Lebanese Cultural Union pledged $2 million to the Army Tuesday, after launching a new military support fund, to be financed by the Lebanese diaspora.
Nightly closure of bridge over Cola roundabout
The Salim Slam Bridge above the Cola roundabout in Beirut will be closed each day from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. while it is being renovated, the Internal Security Forces...
U.N. war crimes investigators for Syria Tuesday cautioned world powers preparing military action against ISIS fighters that the “laws of war” would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilians.
Kurds in Europe anxious to join fight back home
Shaho Pirani says he’s just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against ISIS militants in Iraq.
Who are the terrorists the world needs to fight?
From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight “terrorism.” What exactly the word means is another matter...
U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on Iraqi ground
Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight ISIS militants in an echo of the...
Britain pledges state funding to Scotland
Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding and grant Scots greater control over health care spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up...
Holy smoke: Vatican car seized with drugs
The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with 4 kilograms of cocaine on board.
Obama: Ebola outbreak 'spiraling out of control'
President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Obama says the U.S. embraces that...
Scottish support for independence at 48 percent, ICM poll shows
Support for independence in Scotland has risen three percentage points to 48 percent, an ICM poll for the Scotsman newspaper showed on Tuesday, two days before a...
The government should regulate the taxi industry in Lebanon to put an end to all illegal competition from unlicensed taxis, said Raja Kurban, chief operating officer at Allo Taxi.
Lebanon needs $1B to support host communities
Lebanon is in need of close to $1 billion to finance urgent projects aimed at supporting host communities that are reeling under the increasing burden of around 1.6...
Egypt reaches funding goal for Suez Canal
Egypt has raised in just eight days the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal, the central bank governor told Reuters Monday.
Gaza war to reverse years
War in Gaza will contribute to a reversal of seven years of growth in the Palestinian economy, now expected to shrink by nearly 4 percent this year, the World Bank said...
Banks to overhaul FX trading after scandals
Moves are aimed at preempting regulatory changes prompted by manipulation probes
Achkar: Hotel revenues down 60 percent
Most hotels in Lebanon this summer season experienced a drop in their occupancy rates by 40 percent and a steep fall in their revenues by around 60 percent compared to...
Businesses sound alarm on presidential vacuum
Lebanon’s leading businesses and bankers warned Friday that the country could further face further economic deterioration if the president of the republic is not...
Lebanon’s interest rates to rise in 2015
Interest rates on Lebanese-currency denominated debt could increase between 25 and 50 basis points next year, a senior economist told The Daily Star.
Egypt tourism could fully recover in 2015
Egypt’s tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil...
Pressure on Leviathan to finalize gas deals
The group developing Israel’s giant Leviathan gas field is running out of time to clinch binding major supply deals with Egypt and Jordan to ensure government support...
Egypt raises $8.5B for Suez Canal expansion
The head of Egypt's Central Bank said on Monday that it has raised $8.5 billion for the construction of an expansion of the Suez Canal by selling investment certificates.
Plans to crack down on corporate tax avoidance
Plans for a major rewriting of international tax rules unveiled Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies like Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. to...
Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5B
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), maker of the Xbox video game console, agreed to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion, in...
Germany’s ZF to buy TRW of U.S. in $11.7B deal
ZF Friedrichshafen AG agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for $11.7 billion, creating a company big enough to push back against pricing pressure from the...
OECD slashes growth forecasts
The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued...
While it is up to the Scottish people and the Scottish people alone to decide the outcome of the independence referendum Thursday, the ramifications of a Yes vote will be felt much further afield.
Shameless power play
Hostage-taking, blackmail and extremism dominated Lebanon’s headlines Monday, but it was unrelated to the takfiri group ISIS – instead, it was the same old sad saga of...
It’s posse time in the Middle East
In classic American Western movies, a common theme is that of the brave sheriff of a small town whose task is to maintain law and order.
Obama has a chance to reset American leadership
President Barack Obama certainly didn’t go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one.
Juncker era will show if EU progresses or not
Before his appointment as European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was pilloried as an old-school federalist who would do little to alter the status quo.
Propping up Assad
Moscow and Tehran are voicing indignation over a U.S.-led coalition’s plans to intervene militarily in Syria to battle ISIS extremists.
A disaster is looming
Representatives of Lebanon’s business community sounded a warning Friday about the danger posed by the country’s political paralysis and its failure to elect a...
Better late than never
U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night was long overdue for many in Syria and across the region, but it is better late than never and this new strategy to...
The U.S. plan leaves lingering doubts
I dearly wish that ISIS will be contained and then defeated by the many countries and armed groups who say they are committed to achieving that goal.
Might ISIS bring a resolution in Syria?
At the time this was written, it was expected that President Barack Obama, in explaining to Americans his military strategy against ISIS, would announce that he...
Obama takes America back to a pitiless battlefiel
For President Barack Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq.
Now is a critical time for Iraqi reconciliation
Now that a new Iraqi government is beginning its work there is a window of opportunity critical for Iraq’s future as a unified state.
A new Asian pipeline brings hope
Amid the avalanche of bad news in recent weeks, one positive development got little attention – a development that could help advance peace between India and Pakistan,...
Islamist extremists show they can cut both ways
In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial.
Inequality fosters sectarianism
It is hardly news that the rich have more political power than the poor, even in democratic countries where everyone gets a single vote in elections.
Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener Tuesday.
Injury strikes Ribery again before City game
Bayern Munich have been dealt a blow ahead of their opening Champions League game against Manchester City Wednesday after it emerged that French midfielder Franck...
Davis Cup to remain annual event: ITF chief
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it overburdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport’s...
Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final
Roger Federer secured Switzerland’s place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Geneva Sunday.
F1 teams warned not to use coded messages
Formula One’s governing body has banned teams from sending drivers coded messages under a controversial clampdown on radio communications use from this weekend’s...
Chelsea, Costa set to heap more misery on Schalke
The good news for Schalke 04’s defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is...
Messi-Neymar chemistry on before APOEL game
One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona’s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of onfield chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Judge warns FIFA after investigation
Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge deciding what action to take following FIFA’s investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes,...
The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it overburdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport’s governing body said Tuesday.
Federer seeks Davis Cup glory
Roger Federer will spearhead Switzerland’s bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time against Italy in Geneva this weekend and in so doing put himself within...
Nishikori loses U.S. Open final, wins $940,000
Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the U.S. Open final, but he has won a $940,000 special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand...
Fans fear end of golden era, but show goes on
A less informed holder of an expensive U.S. Open men’s singles final ticket walks into Louis Armstrong Arena, settles down into a courtside seat and then rubs his eyes...
Formula One’s governing body has banned teams from sending drivers coded messages under a controversial clampdown on radio communications use from this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Formula E begins: not with a whimper but a crash
The crowd surged to its feet with a gasp as Nicolas Prost’s car struck Nick Heidfeld’s as they battled for first place, sending Heidfeld into a barrier and corkscrewing...
Rossi relaunches title bid with win at San Marino
Italian great Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha one-two to claim his maiden win of the season at the San Marino Moto GP and launch his bid for a 10th world title Sunday.
Marquez seeks 12th win in San Marino
Spain’s MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez heads to this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix intent on making it 12 out of 13 wins in a remarkable season.
Ferrari starts new era without Montezemolo
Luca di Montezemolo’s resignation as Ferrari chairman Wednesday severs a historic link with the team’s late founder Enzo and marks the end of an era for Formula One’s...
A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup and for future international competition.
League turmoil drove Khatib to China
There is always vested interest wherever Fadi El-Khatib goes, as the 35-year-old talisman is undoubtedly the most successful player in the history of Lebanese...
Gasol’s Spain future in doubt after shock loss
Spain center Pau Gasol has doubts about his future with the national team following the hosts’ shock quarterfinal defeat by France at the basketball World Cup Wednesday.
Lithuania, USA win to set up repeat of 2010 semi
Lithuania will face holders the United States in a repeat of their World Cup semifinal four years ago after both came safely through their quarterfinals Tuesday.
Neto top scores as Brazil seal quarterfinal
Raulzinho Neto had a game-high 21 points as Brazil avenged their defeat four years ago by Argentina and progressed to the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with...
Tiger Woods has yet to swing a golf club since missing the cut at last month’s PGA Championship but said Monday his recovery from a back injury was progressing well and that he anticipated a full playing schedule next year.
Best three weeks for $10M winner Horschel
Billy Horschel felt “surreal” after producing the best three weeks of his golfing career just when he needs to, capping an astonishing playoff run with a three-shot...
Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain perfect
Undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed a unanimous decision in a feisty encounter against Marcos Maidana to successfully defend three world...
Mayweather prepares for ‘dirty’ Maidana rematch
Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he expects Argentina’s Marcos Maidana to be “once again extremely dirty and wild” in their heavily anticipated...
FedExCup title the lure for McIlroy, not $10M
While the prospect of earning a $10 million bonus after this week’s Tour Championship finale is tantalizing, Rory McIlroy says he is much more motivated by the chance...
It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.
Swiss watchmakers not watching out for Apple Watch
Apple may be known for revolutionizing the world of music and mobile phones, but Switzerland's centuries-old luxury watchmakers are unimpressed with the US tech giant's...
Glitzy day at London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week reached its glitziest day Monday, with big names like Burberry and Tom Ford packing in the crowds, the supermodels and the celebrities.
Fashionistas spoiled for choice in London
So far, London Fashion Week has been packed each day from morning to night with next season’s womenswear offerings from dozens of designers.
Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood
Scientists said they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis...
Alien-like giant water-living dinosaur unveiled
Picture the fearsome movie creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws.
Tech giants bet on ‘smart home’ revolution
It’s long been the stuff of science fiction, but tech giants hope the “smart home,” where gadgets talk to each other and the fridge orders the milk, will soon become...
Top trends at Europe's biggest gadget fair
From smartwatches to “phablets” to precision robot vacuum cleaners, Europe’s IFA consumer electronics show showcases the latest in gadget wizardry.
Berlin passion for 1940s fashion untempered by WWII hue
With her blotted red lipstick, perky coiffed curls and fitted 1940s skirt suit, Constanze Pelzer looks like she's stepped off a World War II film set.
Take the time out of homemade beef ragu and pasta
A true ragu takes time, and time is something in short supply at the start of the new school year.
Honey applesauce snack cake with orange glaze
With school back in session, I’m back in the business of baking up one of my kids’ favorites – a simple snack cake inspired by the apple-honey torte my mom used to make.
Scientists said they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections.
Venezuela shortages pinch breast implants
Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
WHO: Use of blood-derived drugs against Ebola
WHO says that experts have agreed that blood-derived drug therapies and convalescent serum may be used for treatment of Ebola virus, and calls for investment in the...
Why your favorite song takes you down memory lane
Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into...
E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study
Electronic cigarettes may be more tempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, and once young people have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to...
Those who associate Jet Skiing with the adrenaline junkies who zip perilously along the country’s crowded beaches got a more sophisticated view of the sport over the weekend, during the Lebanon Water Festival’s Jet Ski race.
Rocking the music and fashion worlds
The lead singer of local rock band Mother Mantra paused between songs with an unusual request Saturday night at the group’s debut concert at the Garten nightclub in...
Growing red grapes in the red earth of Coonawarra
People who drink wine sometimes forget that it’s an agricultural product, and as such heavily influenced by climate. When we talk of good vintages, we really mean years...
Oldest known site of salt mining faces extinction
From a distance, squares of salt pools stretch calm and flat across Enfeh’s coast in a patchwork of a blue and white. Yet a closer view reveals signs of neglect and...
Virtual souk is marketplace for, well, anything
Frustrated freelancers and service seekers in Lebanon have been united digitally through Feedeed, a new online marketplace.
With its fluorescent bulbs and cafeteria-style tables, the Bangkok restaurant Raan Jay Fai wouldn’t win any awards for interior decorating.
Autumn in NY's Hudson Valley: History and scenery
Exploring the region north of New York City isn't just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it.
Mount Everest on speed
Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world’s highest peak in 42 days: That’s British guide Adrian Ballinger’s ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit...
Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa
Myanmar launches an online visa application promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a...
Pretzel shortage threatened for Oktoberfest
Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty...
Sales of classical Chinese paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet and ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare Ming dynasty bowl, will be among the highlights of Asian Art Week auctions in New York.
After Toronto, small films prime for peak season
The red carpets have rolled up and the festival awards are adjudicated. Now comes the deluge of small and independent films for fall viewing and Oscar baiting.
Clooney to receive Golden Globes’ DeMille award
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, event...
'Queen Latifah' promises a 'juicy' second season
Queen Latifah is making changes in her daytime talk show for its second season.
Clooney to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers...
‘The Imitation Game’ takes top prize at Toronto
“The Imitation Game,” a biopic about British mathematician and World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival...
Statue of Britain's Amy Winehouse unveiled in London
A life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse, complete with a red rose in her trademark beehive hairdo, was unveiled in London on Sunday to mark what would have been the...
Film festivals fire starting gun on Oscars race
Hollywood’s annual awards season may be months away yet, but for many the race for Oscars gold has already started, with strong contenders emerging from key film...
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, event organizers have announced.
Revamped 'View' begins its daytime run
Daytime's "The View" revealed its latest makeover Monday, opening the post-Barbara Walters era with a new set, new boss, mostly new team and a promise to be provocative...
'The Simpsons' toast 25 years with songs and stars
Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggam and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart celebrated 25 years of "The Simpsons" in Hollywood on Friday.
'No Good Deed' upstages 'Dolphin Tale 2' at box office
Thriller "No Good Deed," the story of an escaped convict who terrorizes a woman and her children inside their home, seized the top spot on U.S. and Canadian box office...
Oscar-winning actor, director and producer George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe for his contribution to cinema, organizers of the event said on Monday.
Cumberbatch co-stars get challenged
Benedict Cumberbatch is “challenging,” says the director of his new film, and “a handful,” according to his co-star.
Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA
An actress who appeared in "Django Unchained" said she was misidentified as a prostitute by police when she was only showing affection to her white companion.
Katie Holmes to make directorial debut with 'All We Had'
Actress Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut and star in the film adaptation of artist and writer Annie Weatherwax's book "All We Had," its producers said on...
Mike Tyson directs vulgarities at Canadian TV host
Mike Tyson directed an expletive-filled rant at a Canadian television anchor in a live interview Wednesday after the host brought up the former heavyweight champion's...
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is back with an R&B-influenced album and will tour North America for the first time in more than 35 years, his label has announced.
Robin Thicke high during 'Blurred Lines' breakout year
R&B singer Robin Thicke said he was high on painkillers and alcohol in 2013 when "Blurred Lines" became a hit, and he exaggerated his contribution to writing the song,...
Eminem hit lands New Zealand ruling party in court
New Zealand's ruling National Party is being sued for alleged unauthorised use of rapper Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" in campaign ads ahead of next Saturday's general...
Forward-thinking U2 innovating while entertaining
Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've...
Stevie Wonder to perform classic album on rare tour
Stevie Wonder will perform his classic album "Songs in the Key of Life" in full as he embarks on a rare tour across North America starting in November.