Residents in the northern district of Akkar are seething over a government plan to dump Beirut’s and Mount Lebanon’s trash in the Srar dump.
Activists demand end to NSSF corruption
Activists staged a brief sit-in Saturday near Lebanon's National Social Security Fund to demand additional benefits, compensation and to press for the adoption of a...
Opposition, rebel groups united against U.N. Syria plan
A U.N. plan towards ending the civil war in Syria would not work in its current form, Syria's western-backed opposition and rebel groups said in a rare show of unity on...
UAE holds closely controlled vote for federal council
The United Arab Emirates held a tightly controlled election Saturday for its largely advisory Federal National Council, with only a portion of Emiratis eligible to cast...
Anti-government protesters block traffic in Moldovan capital
By Alexander Tanas
CHISINAU, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Anti-government demonstrators in Moldova's capital have erected dozens of tents in the city's main avenue, intensifying...
Lebanese security chief meets pope at Vatican
Pope Francis Saturday met with General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim at the Vatican, a statement issued by the directorate said.
Mount Lebanon man wounded in landmine blast
A Lebanese man was wounded in his leg when a landmine exploded in the coastal town of Jbeil, the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday.
Beirut airport customs catch man with liquid cocaine
Customs at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport Saturday arrested a passenger who was trying to smuggle liquid cocaine into Lebanon.
A U.N. plan towards ending the civil war in Syria would not work in its current form, Syria's western-backed opposition and rebel groups said in a rare show of unity on Saturday, a day after the government said it was ready to take part in the initiative.
Russia says made over 20 flights in Syria in past 24 hrs
Russia's Air Force made over 20 flights in Syria in the past 24 hours and targeted nine ISIS objects, Russian news agencies cited a Defense Ministry official as saying...
PKK abducts two Turkish soldiers: army
Suspected militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) abducted two Turkish soldiers in eastern Turkey amid a flare-up of violence between Kurdish rebels and security...
Yemen's prime minister visits Bab al-Mandab strait
Yemen's prime minister visited an area leading to the Bab al-Mandab strait, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, after...
By Alexander Tanas
CHISINAU, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Anti-government demonstrators in Moldova's capital have erected dozens of tents in the city's main avenue, intensifying weeks of protests over a huge banking fraud that has fuelled inflation and tarnished the pro-European administration.
Demonstrations for and against migrants in northern Finland
Demonstrators for and against the thousands of migrants pouring into Finland have rallied in the northern Finnish border town of Tornio, the sole entry point for...
Germany fetes 25 years of unity with call for refugee welcome
Germany on Saturday celebrated 25 years since its joyful reunification, with its leaders urging the nation to muster the same strength and solidarity to face a record...
Migrants break into Channel Tunnel, rail services disrupted
Around 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel from the French side overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing a temporary suspension of rail...
Woman killed on busy Istanbul street in 'suicide pact'
A Turkish woman was killed and her male partner badly wounded in an apparent double suicide bid on Istanbul's best known shopping street, reports said Saturday.
The Labor Ministry Friday accused an Electricite du Liban contractor of registering more than 50 Turkish professionals as cleaners.
U.S. charges Lebanon tycoon with money laundering
The U.S. has officially accused a prominent Lebanese businessman of money laundering and drug trafficking along with five other individuals and 11 companies.
BP executives visit Iran seeking return
BP Plc officials met with Iranian oil executives late last month in Tehran as the British company seeks to return to the country once sanctions are lifted.
Corruption plagues Tunisian economy
Petty graft plagues Tunisia’s economy, nearly five years after state corruption triggered the fall of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, partly due to lack of political...
Air France warns of job cuts after standoff
Air France was drawing up plans for thousands of new job cuts and bracing for fresh labor conflict Friday after a deadline passed for getting an agreement with pilots...
Khalil warns ministry staff against graft
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil Friday warned the ministry staff that they would be prosecuted if they receive bribes or kickbacks from taxpayers and citizens...
Internet, phone subscriptions increased in 2014
The number of Internet and phone subscribers increased significantly in 2014 in a further proof that this sector is rapidly improving.
Lebanon retail sales index sees slight rise
The retail sales index in Lebanon improved slightly in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014.
Gulf banks profits set to slide
Net earnings of Gulf banks are expected to slide as government spending slows due to a decline in oil revenues, the Standard and Poor’s ratings agency said in a...
Israel gas bonanza, antitrust headache
When the Leviathan gas field was discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, it was pitched as a game changer – a vast energy reserve that would transform the economy...
Kuwait seeks private investment in $36B projects
Kuwait will invite private investors, including foreigners, to take part over the next two years in nine infrastructure projects worth about $36 billion, under a new...
Air France was drawing up plans for thousands of new job cuts and bracing for fresh labor conflict Friday after a deadline passed for getting an agreement with pilots on proposed productivity improvements.
VW in race to detail refit plan within a week
Volkswagen is under pressure to give details within the next week of its plan to refit up to 11 million diesel vehicles, with its U.S. chief due to testify to lawmakers...
U.S. job growth stumbles, economy in doubt
U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months and wages fell in September, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal...
Central banks’ growth challenge
Central bankers who led the charge to pull the global economy from a cliff during the financial crisis now risk becoming bit players, ill-equipped to snap the world out...
VW seeks to boost finances to meet scandal costs
Volkswagen is looking at ways to cut costs and boost cash flow and could sell more shares if the price of clearing up a scandal over its rigging of diesel emissions...
For a minute there, much of the world and especially those in Syria and the Middle East, observers, politicians and citizens, were increasingly concerned with the growing Russian military presence on Syria’s coast.
Find a clear objective
There is not a single person in Lebanon who is not affected by that which the “You Stink” protesters were originally rallied against, but the disintegration of the...
Christianity means favoring the poor
I am not a Christian. But growing up in India, I was immersed in the religion. I attended Catholic and Anglican schools from ages 5 to 18, at which we would sing hymns,...
Civil society is losing Lebanon’s battle
The popular movement that sprung up in the wake of the government’s disastrous handling of the waster crisis is in serious danger of making itself irrelevant....
The world of Qatari women can define our future
The Arab states of the Gulf remain some of the most novel and fascinating developmental experiences anywhere in the world.
Don’t play with fire
With clashes at Al-Aqsa for a second day running, the PLO assertion Monday that Israel was playing with fire seems worryingly accurate, and if tensions are not defused...
The birth of public opinion
Like almost all things Lebanese, the nascent popular movement is not even a month old and it has already sparked divisions even within the ranks of its proponents and...
An outlaw in a suit
Having been a silent partner in crime for years, the extent of Russia’s military assistance to the Syrian government is now out in the open, with the foreign minister...
I am not a Christian. But growing up in India, I was immersed in the religion. I attended Catholic and Anglican schools from ages 5 to 18, at which we would sing hymns, recite prayers and study the Scriptures.
Eastern Europe has failed its first test
As thousands of refugees pour into Europe to escape the horrors of war, with many dying along the way, a different sort of tragedy has played out in many of the...
It’s truth time for Morocco’s Islamists
For the first time since the Islamist leaning Justice and Development Party (PJD) came to power in Morocco via national legislative elections four years ago, the...
Refugees, come to Denmark. Here’s why
“Dear refugee! I am lucky to live in a country where people flee to and not from.
Washington is watching Saudi affairs very closely
President Barack Obama’s meeting last Friday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman came as U.S. officials are anxiously watching a potential succession rivalry between the...
Assad’s foes are facing their own wars
Iran and Russia may be dealing with a difficult situation in Syria as they defend the regime of Bashar Assad, but they can take solace in the fact that the Syrian...
The Arabs are watching Lebanon closely
A fascinating political face-off this week will see demonstrations organized by the “You Stink” movement in Downtown Beirut publicly challenging the National Dialogue...
Israel failed on the Iran deal, so what’s next?
What does Israel do now that President Barack Obama has won the congressional votes needed to implement an Iran nuclear agreement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
Robert Lewandowski aims to add to his incredible goal-scoring run in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga showdown against ex-club Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s “Der Klassiker” Sunday.
Wenger tetchy ahead of Man United showdown
Arsene Wenger Friday launched a scathing attack on Arsenal’s “boring” critics and threatened to walk out of a press conference ahead of Sunday’s showdown with...
Promising Cedars require competent leadership
The Lebanese national team’s FIBA Asia Championship is effectively over after the Cedars bowed out at the quarterfinals stage after falling to the Philippines Thursday.
Valiant Cedars bow out after Philippines loss
Lebanon bowed out of the Asian Championship Thursday after losing at the hands of the Philippines 82-70 in the quarterfinals. The Cedars.
London a step closer to getting its own NFL team
London has moved a step closer to getting its own National Football League team, British Chancellor George Osborne said Friday, after meeting with NFL team owners,...
PSG-OM headline act as Lyon seek Reims remedy
Paris Saint-Germain renew their rivalry with bitter foes Marseille at the Parc des Princes Sunday as Laurent Blanc’s men bid to retain their unbeaten start going into...
Balotelli, Honda doubtful as Milan look to Napoli
Mario Balotelli and Keisuke Honda remain doubtful for AC Milan when the stuttering Serie A giants host on-form Napoli looking to avoid becoming the Partenopei’s second...
Martinez ramps up pressure on Liverpool
Everton manager Roberto Martinez ramped up the pressure on counterpart Brendan Rodgers, insisting that big-spending Liverpool were favorites in the 255th Merseyside...
Philippines knock Lebanon out of Asian Championship
Lebanon bowed out from the Asian Championship after losing at the hands of the Philippines 70-82 Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Lebanon bullish ahead of Philippines faceoff
Hoping for a return to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, Lebanon Thursday face 2013 runners-up Philippines in the quarterfinal stage of the FIBA ASIA...
Lebanon down Jordan to reach Asian quarters
Amir Saoud netted 20 points and Ali Haidar added 15 as Lebanon edged past Jordan 80-76 to reach the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Championship where they will face the...
London has moved a step closer to getting its own National Football League team, British Chancellor George Osborne said Friday, after meeting with NFL team owners, executives and players ahead of this year’s first game at Wembley Stadium.
Canadian Olympic chief leaves amid sex harassment inquiry
Marcel Aubut has stepped down as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while he is investigated for possible sexual harassment.
Tokyo recommends five more sports for 2020 Games
Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it...
Season of bounce-backs boosts No.1 Spieth
Jordan Spieth believes the mental toughness he has acquired over a roller-coaster season of remarkable highs and occasional lows can help him stay near the top of the...
Japan’s ‘Golden Bolt’ sets world record
A fleet-footed Japanese centenarian raced into the Guinness World Records reference book Wednesday and declared himself a “medical marvel” as he continues to stalk...
Two of the world’s top tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, came to Bangkok to earn a few million dollars for an exhibition match.
Serena ends season early to focus on health
World No. 1 Serena Williams has opted against defending the WTA Finals title and decided to end her season early following a roller coaster campaign littered with pains...
Brilliant Konta stuns Halep as shocks roll
Britain’s Johanna Konta pulled off a stunning third-set revival Wednesday as she floored top seed Simona Halep in the biggest upset yet at the shock-prone Wuhan Open.
It’s my way or the highway, France captain warns
Newly appointed France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah has warned his players that they will have to toe the line if they want to be picked in the future.
Murray may skip World Tour Finals for Davis Cup
Andy Murray has said that he may decide to skip this year’s World Tour Finals in order to prepare for Great Britain’s Davis Cup final against Belgium in November.
Jenson Button will race for McLaren again next season, the Formula One team confirmed Thursday with a statement that ended speculation the 2009 world champion was heading for retirement.
Verstappen speeds past another milestone
Formula One’s first 17-year-old racer became the sport’s first 18-year-old driver Wednesday and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen celebrated his birthday by passing his test...
Renault deal saves Lotus from administration
French carmaker Renault Monday announced it would buy a majority stake in the Lotus Formula One motor racing team, allowing the financially stretched outfit to stave...
Lorenzo wins to close gap on Rossi in title race
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo stormed to victory in the Aragon MotoGP after leading from the start to close the gap in the world championship race to 14 points on leader...
Hamilton equals Senna’s tally
Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday to equal the late Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 Formula One victories and move 48 points clear of Mercedes teammate Nico...
An inconspicuous cinema tucked at the back of a South Korean shopping mall is an unexpected setting for the world premiere of a new film by an Oscar-winning director, featuring an A-list cast. This is just where Martin Scorsese’s “The Audition” will debut Saturday.
Owen in a role that takes ‘everything you’ve got’
Clive Owen was looking to do a play after a long time away from the stage. He just wanted the right one. The one he picked would make many other actors run screaming...
Filming begins for new movie 'Star Trek Beyond'
Shooting has begun in Dubai on "Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the reboot of the science-fiction series
Clooney, Coen Brothers at ‘O Brother’ screening
George Clooney joined the Coen brothers and co-stars Tim Blake Nelson and John Turturro at the New York Film Festival Tuesday evening for a special 15th anniversary...
Cosby seeking defense lawyer for Pennsylvania criminal probe
Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.
Sicario’s Villeneuve, Deakins talk light and dark
“The Prince of Darkness” was the nickname of cinematographer legend Gordon Willis, but Roger Deakins, too, has shown a kingly command of shadows.
APEAL launches design competition
The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon has launched an international design competition for its modern and contemporary art museum...
Damon, Scott return to space
“The Martian” was briefly stranded in Hollywood development when Ridley Scott reached out to Matt Damon.
Noah debuts as Stewart heir
With verve and a touch of humility, South African comic Trevor Noah has taken over as host of “The Daily Show,” filling the gigantic shoes of award-winning satirist Jon...
The bearable niceness of The Intern
The world of Nancy Meyers sure is beautiful. Her production design and dreamy interiors have become such a focal point that they’ve almost eclipsed her storytelling.
The Intern is one for the baby boomers
Ben Whittaker is 70 and retired. When he discovers that tai chi classes, learning a new language and visiting his grandkids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Putin gives Roy Jones Jr. Russian citizenship
Vladimir Putin has given Russian citizenship to former world heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.
Newport Jazz Festival Founder George Wein was singing the blues just hours before turning 90 on Saturday.
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again
Pope Francis to release pop-rock album on Nov. 27
Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.
'Possible gunman' shuts down U2 concert in Stockholm
A U2 concert at Stockholm's Globe Arena was canceled Sunday after a gunman was believed to be in the crowd, according to police and media reports
Queen rocks Rio de Janeiro
British rockers Queen, with American Adam Lambert at vocals, had thousands of Brazilians on their feet and chanting "We will rock you!" at Friday night's Rock in Rio...
The great return of iconic couture house Courreges dominated the second day of Paris Fashion Week as fashion editor and celebrity Carine Roitfeld designed a rather foxy collection for Uniqlo.
U.K. trendy cereal cafe targeted by protesters
One of London’s fastest-changing neighborhoods is echoing to the snap, crackle and pop of conflict.
LG unveils smartphone with dual display, improved camera
South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a...
Precise BioMatch Mobile Integrated in Two Smartphones
Precise Biometrics’ (STO:PREC) product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch™ Mobile, has through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards (FPC)...
A gourmet experience to tickle your senses
The aroma of the spices was enough to arouse an appetite in nearly everyone at the dinner table.
Paris Fashion Week and the jet-setting Jenners
Ninety-one fashion shows, talent from 24 different countries and Kris and Kendall Jenner landing in a jet to flashes from paparazzi: It’s time for Paris Fashion Week.
Ralph Lauren hands off CEO role to Old Navy exec
Ralph Lauren is handing off his title as CEO of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago.
Lacoste bites back in crocodile logo battle
Sportswear giant Lacoste won EU court backing Wednesday to block a Polish competitor from snapping up a variant of the crocodile logo it upheld as the French firm’s...
South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share
Stargazers ready for rare event in supermoon eclipse
Stargazers were being treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon.
Japan robot owners warned off droid sex
The company behind a chatty Japanese humanoid named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them.
BlackBerry unveils Android phone in new reboot effort
BlackBerry announced plans Friday to sell an Android-powered smartphone, in the latest reboot effort from the faded star of the sector.
Zaitunay Bay hosts eid fashion and art fair
The Zaitunay Bay boardwalk was lined with more than 50 kiosks featuring handmade jewelry, clothes and home accessories, as part of Afkart’s annual Fall for Art event...
Whose life is it anyway?
This is the headline story that grabbed my attention at the newsstand last week: “Amal’s Very Modern Marriage Pact: How She’s Rewriting The Hollywood Rulebook.” Two...
New hair transplant process ends guesswork
The introduction of new technologies to make us more beautiful means issues relating to aging are becoming less of a preoccupation.
Celebrating Japanese whiskey, food and culture
An eclectic crowd gathered in the subtly lit Shogun Lounge in Verdun, to celebrate Japanese whiskey, food and culture. Women dressed in traditional geisha attire...
From military jackets worn as mini dresses to brightly-colored animal prints, Italian luxury goods maker Versace showcased a women's wear collection at Milan Fashion Week it said was fit for "the urban jungle."
It’s quite the compliment when people genericize your name to refer to the competition.
Ferrari California T: Legend for a new generation
Most cars are just that, cars. They get you from A to B, usually with little drama and less flair.
A journey born of the heart
Hassan Haidar, owner of Scuderia Lebanon s.a.l., the official Ferrari importer in Lebanon, takes The Daily Star on a tour into the exclusive world of Ferrari ownership...
Nissan Pathfinder spacious, quick and agile
Most reviews try to assess cars by comparing them to models offered by a marque’s rivals, and that’s certainly helpful, especially when you’re looking for the best deal...
The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for patients with a condition that can cause blindness.
HIV patients should start treatment immediately
The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately
Gene test finds which breast cancer patients can skip chemo
A new study finds that many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease.
$100B could ensure radiotherapy for all: study
An investment of $97-184 billion (87-165 billion euros) could make life-saving radiotherapy accessible to most people who need it by 2035 and save millions of lives,...
Smoking, drinking, obesity shorten European lives
“Alarming” rates of smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity in Europe could mean the next generation live shorter lives, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.