Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said that his relationship with President Michel Aoun is still strong, a local daily reported Tuesday.
Bassil reiterates comments on Mountain Reconciliation
Free Patriotic Movement chief Gebran Bassil Tuesday doubled down on recent comments he made regarding the 2001 Mountain Reconciliation that drew swift rebuke from...
Germany nixes web monitoring workshop for Egyptian officials
German police have canceled a workshop designed to help Egyptian security officials monitor extremist websites for fear they may use the skills against other groups
Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue
Iraqi President Fuad Masum called for a dialogue between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan regional leadership to resolve the crisis triggered by the...
Thousands of anti-government protesters rally in Ukraine
Several thousand anti-government protesters rallied outside Ukraine's parliament Tuesday and some urged President Petro Poroshenko to step down
AUB and LF win lawsuits against Al-Akhbar
Local daily Al-Akhbar was ordered Tuesday to pay LL1,000 to both the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese Forces, after the newspaper was found to have...
79 Syrians detained across Lebanon
Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested 50 Syrians Monday in a raid on a Syrian refugee settlement north of the southern city of Sidon.
President Aoun receives ambassadors' credentials
President Michel Aoun received the credentials of six ambassadors at the presidential palace Tuesday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Iranian guards commander killed in Syria: state media
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed during fighting in Syria, Iran's state media reported on Tuesday.
Israel advances plans for 1,292 West Bank settler homes: NGO
Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog...
Tunisia resists calls to cut public wage bill and subsidies in 2018
Tunisia will not cut public salaries and subsidies for food and petrol next year, a move which may avert protests but sets the country on a confrontation course with...
Mexico, Canada poised to push back over US NAFTA demands
Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Tuesday wrap up a contentious round of NAFTA negotiations dominated by aggressive U.S. demands including a...
Poland gives Erdogan support on Turkey's EU bid
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw, his first official bilateral visit to an EU country since the failed 2016 coup...
Senegal's youth tackle sex taboos in bid to boost contraceptive use
Watching as dozens of children don robes and belts for a karate class at a youth centre in western Senegal, Aissatou and her peers are gearing up for a different kind...
Six miners killed, one wounded in coal mine collapse in Turkey: aid agency
Six miners were killed and another was wounded after part of a coal mine in Turkey's southeastern province of Sirnak collapsed Tuesday, Turkey's AFAD aid agency said.
Lebanon isn’t the friendliest environment for businesses of any size, particularly new ones getting off the ground.
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,...
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.
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...
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...
Lebanon receives two gas exploration bids
Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Thursday that Lebanon had received two bids to operate the offshore gas blocks but declined to disclose the names of the...
President Donald Trump's hawkish new approach towards Tehran, coupled with banking worries and domestic political turbulence in both countries, are causing growing uncertainty over Iran's $36 billion deal to buy airliners from Boeing, Airbus and ATR.
Saudi wealth fund hires real estate head
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund hired the head of Qatar Investment Authority’s real estate arm as chief development officer earlier this year, people familiar with...
Trump disavows Iran deal
Iran, already struggling to attract investors to its energy industry, may find things tougher still as U.S. President Donald Trump refuses to certify the nuclear deal...
Kurdish oil keeps flowing despite Baghdad threats
Oil flowed normally from fields in northern Iraq even as government troops and allied militias faced off with forces from the independence-seeking Kurdish region on the...
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 said Tuesday.
White House: $4,000 wage boost from tax cut
Cutting the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, as President Donald Trump has proposed, would increase average household income by at least $4,000 a year, estimates in a...
T-Mobile, Sprint merger announcement expected
T-Mobile U.S. Inc. and Sprint Corp. plan to announce a merger agreement without any immediate asset sales, as they seek to preserve as much of their spectrum holdings...
Hong Kong skyscraper sold for record $5.15 billion: report
A landmark skyscraper owned by Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing has sold for a record of more than $5 billion, a report said Monday, indicating that the city's...
China eager to take US spot on global stage
The prospect of a wave of “America First” protectionism and US tax reform in the US has loomed large over this week’s annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund...
In a series of high-level international visits over recent months, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has championed the cause of Lebanon globally.
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.
We need a smarter approach to refugees
In recent years, few issues have generated as much public debate as the plight of refugees.
Hurricanes’ unnatural toll
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began on June 1 and will end on Nov. 30, is likely to be the most expensive on record.
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...
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...
Suicide not an option
The U.S. government’s move to intensify measures against Hezbollah by exerting pressure on the Lebanese government and military to take steps against the party has a...
Every recent cholera death was ‘preventable’
“Where is your toilet?”
Corporate cybersecurity starts at top
e cybersecurity breach occurs, the response looks pretty much the same: Cry “havoc!” and call in the cyber first responders to close the breach.
International mediation not the way in Catalonia
On the evening of Oct. 10, Catalonia’s separatist President, Carles Puigdemont, stood before the regional Parliament to deliver what was widely expected to be a...
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.
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 Tuesday's draw.
Ronaldo and Kane go head-to-head
For once, Cristiano Ronaldo won’t go into his next match as the most prolific scorer.
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.
Packers lose Rodgers, Chiefs drop first game
In a major setback for a Super Bowl championship contender, the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken right collarbone Sunday, and could end up...
Man City vs. Napoli: Rhapsody in sky blue
Manchester City and Napoli are the most prolific teams in Europe’s five major leagues, making Tuesday’s Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium a genuinely...
Morata boosts Chelsea ahead of Roma clash
Alvaro Morata is primed to lead Chelsea’s attack against AS Roma in the Champions League Wednesday as the Blues seek to quickly erase the embarrassment of their weekend...
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...
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.
Vikings beat Bears 20-17
Case Keenum led three second-half scoring drives in relief of Sam Bradford, and the Minnesota Vikings spoiled prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s debut with a...
Rodgers comes up clutch, Chiefs remain unbeaten
Aaron Rodgers threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Devante Adams with 11 seconds left to lift the Green Bay Packers to a 35-31 NFL victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.
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...
Hamilton on verge of fourth Formula One title
Lewis Hamilton was within reach of his fourth Formula One title on Sunday after winning the Japanese Grand Prix for Mercedes while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered...
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 least 400 others, a minister said.
Where next for a rare archive?
A 20-year anniversary can fly under the radar as an organization gets on with the job.
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...
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...
Mountaineer Messner, on not getting killed
Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner is perhaps one of the world’s last great adventurers.
God can’t survive science, Dan Brown says
God cannot survive science, “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown declared to the Frankfurt Book Fair, saying he puts his faith in technological advances to connect...
Film treasures brought to life in British vault
In a refrigerated vault outside London filled with film reels, a team of curators is bringing to life forgotten masterpieces of early cinema.
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.
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 industrial area oblivious to the film shoot.
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.
‘Legends’ star slays stereotypes with Muslim hero
Tala Ashe is thrilled to debut her new character, a Muslim-American superhero joining season three of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
‘Star Wars’ trailer a hint at Leia’s fate?
Lucasfilm debuted its highly anticipated second trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Monday, hinting at dark times ahead for the resistance and possibly even the end...
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.
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 last year at a key annual conservation summit.
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.
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.
Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant, by refugees
The queue outside Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant on its opening day showed an appetite not just for Syrian food but for integration in one of the few European...
The underutilized treasure of Pakistani Kashmir
The people of Pakistani Kashmir are sitting on a treasure trove: Millions of rubies, worth up to half a $1 billion, are lying beneath them.
After yoga, meditation breaks into the mainstream
It is 5 p.m., otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet – half an hour at...
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...
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...
Discover Jordan, the gem on our doorstep
Summer may almost be over, but there’s still time for a final quick getaway, and those looking to travel without going through the hassle of getting a visa need look no...
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...