Speaker Nabih Berri did not appear optimistic Saturday about prospects for a swift government formation, telling local TV channel LBCI that there were “internal” obstacles standing in the way.
Lebanese Army arrests 2 in Hermel over shootouts
The Lebanese Army arrested two people Saturday night in the Bekaa’s Hermel for instigating unrest and taking part in shootouts in the area.
Zimbabwe says 'nothing will stop' election after rally blast
The explosion at a campaign rally for Zimbabwe's president that injured 49 people will not delay next month's historic election, officials said Sunday, as a vice...
UK ministers take aim at business over Brexit warnings
The British government and business leaders clashed in a deepening row over Brexit on Sunday after a senior minister accused companies of issuing "completely...
Air strikes kill five in southern Syria: activist group
A wave of air strikes on rebel towns in southern Syria Sunday killed at least five civilians and put a hospital temporarily out of service, a monitor said.
Brazil, Germany rivalry turns violent in north Lebanon
The World Cup rivalry between Brazil and Germany has continued to captivate Lebanese football fans, but turned violent Saturday night with number of fights breaking out...
Saudi envoy tours Lebanon in drug awareness initiative
The Saudi Embassy in Lebanon launched an initiative Sunday aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drugs, which saw a number of Harley Davidson riders take a...
Army arrests suspects over Brevet celebratory gunfire
The Lebanese Army has arrested several people in Akkar over incidence of celebratory gunfire following the announcement of the annual Brevet exam results, the state-run...
The explosion at a campaign rally for Zimbabwe's president that injured 49 people will not delay next month's historic election, officials said Sunday, as a vice president called the attack "terrorism" and said any frightened candidate would be provided with protection.
Russia to extradite Brazilian robbery suspect caught at World Cup
A Brazilian man detained at a World Cup match will be held in Russia before his extradition to face charges of robbing post offices in Brazil, a Russian court ruled on...
Police: 25 injured in building explosion in Germany
German police say that 25 people have been injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed a building in the western city of Wuppertal.
Zimbabwe rally blast injured 41: minister
A blast that rocked a rally in which Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped unscathed injured at least 41 people, including his two deputies, the...
Egypt's president approves law for ride-hailing apps
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has approved a law governing popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem after the companies appealed a court ruling that revoked...
Israel fires at drone from Syria, forces retreat
The Israeli air force Sunday fired a missile at a drone approaching its northern border from Syria, causing it to turn back, the army said.
Saudi women take victory laps as driving ban ends
Women in Saudi Arabia hit the roads on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world's last ban on female drivers.
Nuclear deal collapse would be 'very dangerous': Iran minister
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Sunday that failure to save the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States would be "very dangerous" for Tehran.
The head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey said Friday that less than 2 percent of the deposits exited the Lebanese market when Prime Minister Saad Hariri submitted his resignation in 2017.
IMF: Lebanon needs structural reform
An International Monetary Fund report reiterated the need for fiscal and structural reforms in Lebanon in a bid to boost revenue and reduce expenditure.
Egypt raises military pensions amid austerity measures
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has raised pensions for military personnel and salaries for civil servants by 15 percent amid a wave of price hikes linked to...
Riyadh denies charge of hosting pirated sports channel
A row over broadcasting of the World Cup in Saudi Arabia has escalated, with Riyadh denying an allegation by European soccer's governing body that a television channel...
China's Xiaomi targets Europe as it kicks off IPO
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will aggressively target European markets, using part of the proceeds from its initial public offering worth $6.
Moody’s warns Lebanon’s public debt is a big risk
International rating agency Moody’s warned again of an impending danger if Lebanon fails to take drastic measures to reduce the public debt that has reached alarming...
JTB launches financial inclusion, literacy plan
Jammal Trust Bank and in collaboration with the USAID launched “Financial Inclusion and Financial Literacy initiatives.”
IMF: Lebanon needs 'immediate' fiscal adjustment
Lebanon requires "an immediate and substantial" fiscal adjustment to improve the sustainability of public debt that stood at more than 150 percent of gross domestic...
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has raised pensions for military personnel and salaries for civil servants by 15 percent amid a wave of price hikes linked to austerity measures.
Saudi secures deal with Iran to boost oil output
OPEC and its allies including Russia will boost oil production starting next month, offering some relief to consumers after Saudi Arabia secured a last-minute deal to...
Saudi women’s economic role to receive boost
The end of a decades-old female driving ban is expected to bring an economic windfall for millions of Saudi women, making it easier for them to work and do business.
Turkish markets haven’t been so bad before vote
In 15 years of Recep Tayyip Erdogan governments, Turkish markets have mostly relished the last month leading up to elections.
Global shares up, oil jumps on OPEC news
World shares climbed Friday but were on track for their biggest weekly decline in three months due to fears over a trade war, though oil prices surged after OPEC...
Turkish lira traders brace for a tumultuous week
Investors are bracing for a big move in the Turkish lira after this weekend’s election and they’re paying to protect themselves.
Tsipras to don tie as creditors reach debt deal
Now that Greece’s creditors have reached a landmark debt deal, there’s one question on Greek lips: Will Alexis Tsipras put on a tie?
EU doubles failing bank war chest, split on debt
European Union finance ministers agreed Friday to double a war chest for dealing with failing banks and boost powers of the eurozone bailout fund, but were split over...
The U.S. government Tuesday announced it was pulling out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, accusing it of “chronic bias” against Israel.
Power of attraction
The heart cannot be governed.
The potential for fraud in Turkey’s elections
Turkey’s general election on June 24 will be the culmination of a number of electoral contests that could help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan consolidate his control.
The West’s foundations are crumbling under Trump
After the recent G-7 summit in Quebec, there can no longer be any doubt that the West is in crisis. Yes, “Western” countries have often pursued divergent foreign...
Trump’s ‘deal’ with Kim is far from closed
U.S. President Trump boasted last weekend that his “denuclearization deal” with Kim Jong Un could “save potentially millions & millions of lives!”
It’s always a good idea to get out of your own way if you want to reach your stated goals.
The U.N.’s presence in Lebanon dates back to the early ’50s, just a few years after the end of World War II, with the arrival at the time of UNRWA, which looked after...
Crossing red lines
After moving a friendly football match between Israel and Argentina from Haifa to occupied Jerusalem, Israel’s Sports Minister Miri Regev has seen her plans unravel as...
Trump wrecking ball hits trans-Atlantic alliancee
A bright banner at NATO’s lavish new headquarters here proclaims the core conviction of the trans-Atlantic alliance: “We are together. We are strong.”
Razzaz faces a rough road ahead in Jordan
On June 5, one day after King Abdullah II had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, Omar al-Razzaz was designated as Jordan’s new prime minister,...
The despot and the diplomat
Back in 2005, when I was the United States’ lead negotiator at the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, I looked at the instructions I received for my...
In his deal with Trump, Kim gave up very little
Credit President Trump for seizing the diplomatic moment at the Singapore summit.
How Carter Page got tangled in the Russian web
Back in July 2016, just before the formal launch of the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, a bureau informant met in Britain...
Democrats need to find their voice on tariffs
Is U.S. President Donald Trump’s pitch to disgruntled manufacturing workers a leading political indicator, portending future trends, or a lagging one, appealing to a...
Behind Trump’s zigzag route to Singapore
“Are you on the road or in the ditch?”
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz criticized the video assistant referee (VAR) system on Sunday and said it has left many fans sitting in the stands scratching their heads about what was going on.
No regrets for Saudi coach after bruising World Cup
Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said on Sunday he had no regrets about his team's unsuccessful World Cup campaign which started with a 5-0 hammering by hosts...
Army dismantles south Lebanon Israeli spy system
The Lebanese Army dismantled a network of Israeli spy devices in south Lebanon’s Hasbaya district Friday, a security source told The Daily Star.
Smugglers injured, killed at Lebanese border
The Lebanese Army killed one smuggler and injured another after they attempted to illegally cross the Lebanese border in the Tallet al-Manara in the Bekaa region Friday.
Suns make Bahamas' Ayton the top pick in NBA draft
The Phoenix Suns didn't have to go far to get Deandre Ayton in the NBA draft, as they made the towering Bahamian teenager their first No. 1 overall pick in franchise...
Senegal drawing 1-1 with Japan at halftime
Senegal and Japan were drawing 1-1 at halftime during their World Cup clash in Yekaterinburg after Sadio Mane saw his early goal cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s...
Kane hat trick in 6-1 rout of Panama puts England in last 16
Harry Kane scored a hat trick to help England to its most one-sided World Cup victory, a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday that secured a place in the last 16 with a game to...
It might be my last World Cup: Pogba
France midfielder Paul Pogba said the finals in Russia might be his last World Cup but he hopes he will be fit for more.
No war between Hezbollah and Israel: Russian envoy
Russia does not expect an imminent war between Iran or Hezbollah and Israel, Moscow’s envoy to Lebanon said in remarks published Friday, “Because it’s not in the...
Wawrinka rocked by Queen's blow
Stan Wawrinka's Wimbledon preparations suffered a blow as the Swiss star crashed to a 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 defeat against Sam Querrey at Queen's Club on Wednesday.
Murray must overcome mental challenge after injury: Djokovic
Former world number one Novak Djokovic says overcoming the mental challenge will be Andy Murray's biggest obstacle when he returns to tennis after a long-term hip injury.
The Phoenix Suns didn't have to go far to get Deandre Ayton in the NBA draft, as they made the towering Bahamian teenager their first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history on Thursday.
Lue says intends to coach Cavaliers next season
Despite dealing with health issues and facing the strong likelihood LeBron James won’t be on the roster, Tyronn Lue said he intends to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Trump says he will not invite NBA champs to White House
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he will not host either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors at the White House, echoing the controversy over the...
Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt – and a very familiar spot – as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.
Sixers boss Colangelo quits over bogus Twitter accounts
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo quit on Thursday after it emerged that his wife operated fake Twitter accounts to praise his work...
Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear to be poised for a title unification bout in the division’s most anticipated matchup.
Duval: Expect to get your teeth kicked in
Former world No. 1 David Duval says “expecting to get your teeth kicked in” is a prerequisite for any player with designs of winning the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock...
Whittaker victorious in Romero rematch
Robert Whittaker barely got the fight to the judges before they handed him a win in a grueling rematch. Whittaker survived a staggering blow in the fifth round to beat...
Crawford scores TKO, wins WBO welterweight title
With a bevy of punches in the ninth round, Terence Crawford solidified his case as one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world.
Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on comeback
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury declared that he was completely happy with his four-round comeback win Saturday night – despite a lack of action.
Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals on Sunday when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of Sunday's French Grand Prix.
Hamilton: Ferrari doing better, but will falter
Mercedes are playing catch-up but Ferrari will falter, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said after German rival Sebastian Vettel won in Canada Sunday to take...
Lorenzo first for Ducati at Mugello
Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo took his first win for Ducati in a home one-two for the Italian team at Mugello Sunday while MotoGP leader Marc Marquez crashed and failed to score.
Spain's Lorenzo wins Italian MotoGP
Spain's Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first MotoGP win of the season riding an Italian bike, a Ducati, at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello on Sunday.
Power completes mission with Indy 500 win
Will Power was on a critical mission Sunday, to finally win the Indianapolis 500 and prove that he belonged amongst the higher echelons of drivers.
Music reverberated through Beirut streets as Lebanon celebrated the 18th Fete de la musique Thursday. As the night grew late, the capital’s public places filled with people, attracted by free concerts at Bloc Market (Waterfront), Mad House (Ashrafieh), Eglise St. Maroun (Gemmayzeh), Caravanserai (Hamra), Jardin de l’ESA (Clemenceau), Beirut open stage and The Backdoor (Mar Mikhael).
Short-film tales from fabled Lebanon
For many cities, summertime means the Mondial. Few also associate it with airstrikes from a nearby settler-colonial state. Has any place shared Lebanon’s ambivalent...
Turkish rapper Ezhel acquitted on first day of trial
An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, activists and lawyers said, on the...
Beyonce, Jay-Z surprise with joint album
Music's most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album late Saturday, a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital...
China blocks John Oliver on social media
A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of “Last Week Tonight” and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his...
On flowers, sad portraits, pop art
After some downtime, Zico House, Sanayeh’s renowned artist space, is hosting “Talent Unbound,” a thematically diverse group exhibition punctuated by workshops and...
By-the-numbers ‘Ocean’s 8’ covers usual territory
Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake is a hard movie to live up to.
Music fans mark 70 years since first LP
In the basement of the British Library, Andy Linehan inspects the latest addition to a massive archive of wax cylinders, cassettes, LPs and CDs – a vinyl record that...
An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, activists and lawyers said, on the first day of a trial that had sparked widespread alarm.
U2 dedicates song to Anthony Bourdain at Apollo show
U2 frontman Bono honored the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band's special performance Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Armed with poetry and rap, South Sudan's young artists battle for peace
A group of artists and musicians in South Sudan is on a mission - to mobilize young people across the country through music, graffiti and poetry to help bring peace to...
After pro-Trump bravado, Kanye turns inward on album
Kanye West succeeded in rocketing back into the headlines through his stubbornly contrarian lovefest with Donald Trump. But on a new album he offers a reminder of what...
A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of “Last Week Tonight” and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country’s human rights crackdown.
China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show
A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of "Last Week Tonight" and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his...
Spacey film set for release in summer
Kevin Spacey was erased from “All the Money in the World” and excised from “House of Cards,” but he will appear in a movie being released this summer.
Ferrell to star in Eurovision comedy
“Anchorman” star Will Ferrell is set to direct and appear in a Netflix movie based on the Eurovision Song Contest, the glitzy annual musical extravaganza known for its...
Strong First Nations presence in ‘Yellowstone’
“Yellowstone” has everything a Western should – breathtaking vistas, land battles and Kevin Costner.
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday.
Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dies at 87
Noted Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who directed orchestras in Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna and London, has died at age 87.
UK to offer Stephen Hawking fellowships
Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honor of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the...
Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: CNN
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, has died at the age of 61, the network said Friday.
Amal Clooney speaks from the heart as George gets lifetime award
Amal Clooney on Thursday paid unprecedented public tribute to her movie star husband George Clooney, calling him a gentleman, an amazing husband and father and the love...
The debut Louis Vuitton collection by Virgil Abloh, the first African-American to head a major European fashion house, drew stars of all stripes to Paris for his rainbow-themed menswear show. Kanye West was there with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who had returned to Paris for the first time since she was tied up and robbed at gunpoint during an October 2016 jewelry heist.
Don't let puppy love blind you to the expense of a dog
How much is that doggy in the window? More than you may think.
Gaming Disorder: WHO classifies new mental illness
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition – a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing...
Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO
Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' - addiction to video games has been recognized by...
LAU fields ‘New Wave’ of fashion designers
La Magnanerie, a restored 19th-century silk factory in Metn’s Sadd-Boushrieh, glittered under fireworks Thursday night as the second graduating class of a fashion...
Electric scooter-sharing moves into the fast lane
How fast is the electric scooter-sharingcraze growing?
Fast enough to be declared a nuisance and kicked off the streets of San Francisco and a handful of others cities...
What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax
Attention shoppers: You may soon be paying more taxes on what you put in your online cart.
Luxury sneakers: high style and a booming market
Christian, aged 10, has 20 pairs of high-end sneakers in his closet at his home in the suburbs of New York.
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition – a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players.
Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition - a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing...
Paraguay declared malaria free amid concerns the disease rising again
Paraguay is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday, making it the first country in the Americas in 45 years to have wiped out the...
Romania reports African swine fever in backyard pigs
Romania has reported an outbreak of African swine fever among backyard pigs in the southern county of Tulcea, close to the border with Ukraine, the national food safety...
La Magnanerie, a restored 19th-century silk factory in Metn’s Sadd-Boushrieh, glittered under fireworks Thursday night as the second graduating class of a fashion school established by world-renowned Lebanese designer Elie Saab displayed their collections.
Facebook’s Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from video platform YouTube when they’re looking for something to watch on their smartphones.
Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels
Alexa has a new job: hotel concierge.
NASA rover knocked out as dust storm envelops Mars
NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.
Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020
Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other...
Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists
A massive new study finds that Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992.
If the name Salvador Dali conjures images of melting watches and a conspicuous mustache but not really much else, then a visit to Spain’s “Dali Triangle” will not only make for a fantastic road trip, but will also show that there’s so much more to the renowned surrealist artist’s work.
Marking Tabasco’s 150th birthday with a tour
One of the world’s most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island,...
Archaeologists find ancient rock art in Egypt
Egypt says archaeologists have unearthed 3,500-year-old rock art depicting bulls, donkeys and sheep in the Eastern Desert.
Tourists are reliving ancient sport of falconry
Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
10 injured by heavy smoke in Frankfurt Airport vehicle fire
German airline Lufthansa says 10 airport workers have suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation when a vehicle pulling a jet to a gate caught on fire.
Too slow, inflexible, forgetful, always off sick. Those are some attitudes about older workers that car-maker Mercedes-Benz is trying to dispel as Germany grapples with the challenges of an aging society.
EU negotiators agreed Thursday to increase the share of renewables in the bloc's energy production to 32 percent by 2030, a higher target than in draft rules but short of the level sought by some governments and the European Parliament.
Thai turtle's plastic-filled stomach highlights ocean crisis
Startling images of plastic shreds, rubber bands and other debris found jammed in the stomach of a green turtle in Thailand have highlighted the crisis of waste-strewn...
Scientists, animal activists: Don't cull Romanian brown bear
Scientists and animal rights groups have urged the Romanian government to rethink its plans to allow the hunting of brown bears.
Rare lynx found in Spain after being released in Portugal
Spanish environmental authorities say they have captured a rare lynx in Catalonia, three years after it was released in Portugal.
Orangutan forest logged despite Indonesia gov't vow
Environmentalists say a tropical forest that's home to critically endangered orangutans on Borneo is being logged more than a year after Indonesia's forestry and...