A Lebanese man detained in Greece for his alleged involvement in a 1985 airplane hijacking has insisted he is innocent, telling his wife in a phone call to which The Daily Star was party that he was “not a criminal.”
Billingslea's visit is to explain motives behind recent US sanctions: Salameh
Billingslea's visit is to explain motives behind recent US sanctions: Salameh
Digital threats multiply ahead of U.S. vote
It could be a manipulated video embarrassing a candidate.
Migrants posing as volleyball team blocked out by Greek police
Ten migrants posing as a volleyball team were arrested at Athens' International Airport trying to travel with illegally obtained passports, Greek police said on Sunday.
From Daesh camp, Syrian family returns home to a hostile city
After two years on the run with Daesh (ISIS), Umm Mahmoud just wanted to return home.
Demand for dollars largely being met despite media reports: Salameh
Demand for dollars largely being met despite media reports: Salameh
Hariri affirms solidarity with Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed “full solidarity” with the Saudi people and leadership over the weekend, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
Hariri stresses 'full solidarity' on Saudi National Day
Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed “full solidarity” with the Saudi people and leadership Saturday, stressing that the kingdom’s stability is an Arab and international...
UN agency: Tanzania not sharing details on Ebola-like cases
The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a...
Hong Kong curbs airport links as protesters vow 'stress test'
Hong Kong reduced rail and bus links to the city's airport Sunday and police stepped up security checks in a bid to scupper plans by pro-democracy protesters to disrupt...
Flights cancelled as Typhoon Tapah approaches Japan
Typhoon Tapah approached southwestern Japan Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds grounding hundreds of regional flights.
Sudan's new PM launches probe into protesters' deaths
CAIRO (AP) - Sudan's newly appointed prime minister has launched an independent investigation into June's deadly crackdown on protesters that killed dozens of people...
Iranian maritime official says U.K. tanker Stena Impero to be released soon
Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Iran on July 19, will be released soon, an Iranian maritime official said Sunday, according to the semi-official...
Iran's Rouhani tells foreign forces to 'stay away'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will proffer a peace plan, criticizing the formation of a new...
Israeli president begins talks to form new government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began two days of crucial talks Sunday with party leaders before selecting his candidate for prime minister, after a deadlocked repeat...
After 56 years of banking services, Jammal Trust Bank finally closed the curtains on all its operations Thursday after the U.S. Treasury accused the small lender of financial links to Hezbollah, labeled by Washington as a terrorist organization.
Lebanon needs more than mere talk of Saudi aid
A rally in Lebanon’s Eurobonds will prove short-lived if the country’s government can’t get serious about reforms that are needed to claim Saudi Arabian aid.
Aramco stronger than ever after attacks: CEO
Saudi Aramco has emerged from attacks on its oil facilities “stronger than ever,” Chief Executive Amin Nasser told employees in a message, adding that full oil...
UAE expects 2.4% GDP growth in 2019: central bank
The United Arab Emirates expects its economy to grow 2.4 percent in 2019, driven by faster growth in the oil sector, the central bank said in a report Sunday.
Fund managers gird for long trade war after FedEx slide
A profit warning and muted outlook from package delivery company FedEx Corp. is prompting some high-profile fund managers to prepare for the trade war between the...
Sanctions-hit Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: BDL
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh agreed to sanctions-hit Jammal Trust Bank’s request for self-liquidation, in a statement released Thursday.
Khalil: Lebanon to raise $2B in Eurobonds
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Wednesday that Lebanon intended to issue $2 billion in Eurobonds, but with interest rates lower than the market.
Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: Salameh
Jammal Trust Bank self-liquidated: Salameh
Saudi Aramco has emerged from attacks on its oil facilities “stronger than ever,” Chief Executive Amin Nasser told employees in a message, adding that full oil production would resume by the end of this month.
Saudi Arabia importing diesel, jet fuel
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter and a powerhouse of the oil refining industry, is scouring global fuel markets for cargoes in the wake of unprecedented...
Fed cut comes just in time for Gulf economies
Not everyone agrees that interest-rate cuts are warranted in the U.S., but monetary easing by the Federal Reserve is making looser policy possible where it’s long...
Saudi Arabia sees weaker 2019 GDP growth
Saudi Arabia’s economic growth in 2019 will be significantly less than the kingdom had expected because of OPEC-led oil output cuts, but the attack on Aramco had “zero”...
A profit warning and muted outlook from package delivery company FedEx Corp. is prompting some high-profile fund managers to prepare for the trade war between the United States and China to last longer than many had originally anticipated.
Thomas Cook battles for survival
The British government has plans in place to bring home stranded holidaymakers if Thomas Cook goes out of business, an event that would likely spark chaotic scenes at...
China cuts new loan rate for second month
China cut its new one-year benchmark lending rate for the second month in a row Friday, a step by the central bank to try to wrestle down borrowing costs and support...
U.S. indicators trouncing forecasts
The U.S. economy is outperforming expectations by the most this year, offering a fresh rebuttal to last month’s resurgent recession fears fueled by the trade war and a...
Offshore wind farm will be cheaper than coal
The world’s biggest offshore wind park planned off England’s coast will probably in the next decade generate power cheaper than by burning coal.
The two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has suffered blow after blow over the years.
Set aside politics
As Lebanese political leaders kick off their mission to rescue the economy with a conference called for by President Michel Aoun, the one indisputable fact is that we...
War of words over women’s bodies
This month, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting to secure a commitment by member states to deliver universal health coverage (UHC),...
Argentina needs intensive care
Imagine a man who has lived too extravagantly and eventually must go to the doctor for treatment of an acute disease, along with several other chronic conditions.
What will come of Hong Kong’s protests?
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags,...
Running out of time
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence has been locked in high gear for the past few months.
There’s no need to reiterate that Lebanon faces numerous challenges, not least the dire economy and Israeli violations.
This month, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting to secure a commitment by member states to deliver universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection and access to essential health care services, medicines and vaccines for all.
Jerome Powell’s dilemma
Once a year, the leadership of both the European Central Bank and the United States Federal Reserve go to the mountains for policy enlightenment.
Economic consequences of automation
While Brexit captures the headlines in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, the silent march of automation continues.
Can direct democracy defeat populism?
Ever since the double disasters of 2016 - the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and U.S. President Donald Trump’s election - there has been widespread anxiety about a...
As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory’s yearning for freedom.
Score one for American diplomacy
Six weeks ago, Turkey was threatening to invade the Kurdish region of northeast Syria.
Chance to reset the table in Afghanistan
Every president since Jimmy Carter has dreamed of signing a peace agreement at Camp David.
Trump’s diplomacy in China has no clear policy
As we move into the fall, there’s one overriding foreign-policy priority for America: Find a strategy to deal with a rising China that protects U.S. interests but...
Why U.S. is losing information war
Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information “idealist.”
Liverpool moved back five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Chelsea on another miserable day for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men lost to West Ham Sunday.
Napoli thrash Lecce, Roma grab late win
A Fernando Llorente double helped Napoli move into third place in Serie A with a 4-1 win at Lecce Sunday, while Edin Dzeko scored a last-gasp winner as Roma beat...
Nadal motivated by love of game, not Grand Slams
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard...
Nadal finds unlikely second home at U.S. Open
Unlike at his beloved Roland Garros, success did not arrive overnight for Rafael Nadal on the unforgiving hard courts of the U.S. Open, where he surged to within a...
U.S. clinches worst big-tournament finish
The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It’ll go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.
Nejmeh stun Ansar on league opening day
With many expecting Ansar’s official annunciation as legitimate challengers for the Lebanese Premier League, it was instead unfancied Nejmeh who emerged as possible...
What to watch in top Europe leagues this weekend
What to watch in the leading football leagues in Europe this weekend:ENGLAND Chelsea have conceded on average more than two goals a game under new manager Frank Lampard...
Ansar, Maatouk look to end Ahed dominance
Ahed’s sway on the Lebanese Premier League appears to be under serious threat as resurgent Ansar kick off the new season with an incendiary clash against Nejmeh Friday.
Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard said it was his love of the game, not records, that motivates him.
Nadal takes five-set U.S. Open thriller for 19th Slam title
Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7,...
Canada toasts ‘Queen B’ Andreescu after triumph
Most Canadians had never heard of Bianca Andreescu a year ago but Sunday they woke up to realize her U.S. Open triumph was not a dream and she had in fact claimed the...
Nadal beats Berrettini to reach U.S. Open final; Medvedev next
Rafael Nadal has moved closer to his fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over...
Shocker: France beat U.S. in WC quarters
The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006...
Greece fury after NBA MVP Antetokounmpo exits WC
Greece are calling for the officials who oversaw their final game at the basketball World Cup to be banned after NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his team exited the...
Jokic ejected as Spain stun Serbia at World Cup
All-Star Nikola Jokic was ejected for “a stupid reaction” in the third quarter as strongly fancied Serbia were stunned 81-69 by Spain to blow the basketball World Cup...
Spain squeeze into World Cup quarters
Title-contenders Spain produced a devastating late burst to seal a 67-60 victory over Italy and squeeze into the basketball World Cup quarterfinals Friday - and take...
England got their World Cup campaign off to a scrappy start in Sapporo Sunday with a 35-3 Pool C victory over Tonga, Manu Tuilagi leading the way with two tries.
Jittery Japan open World Cup with scrappy win
Winger Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as Japan overcame a severe case of opening-night nerves to give the host nation a winning start to the Rugby World Cup with...
Brees hurt as Saints fall to Rams in grudge match
Another officiating insult was nothing compared to the hand injury to quarterback Drew Brees Sunday as the New Orleans Saints fell 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams in an...
Fury overcomes bloody cut over eye to beat Wallin
Blood was flowing down Tyson Fury’s right cheek, and Otto Wallin was in his face. His scheduled rematch with Deontay Wilder suddenly in jeopardy, Fury needed to dig...
Fury faces great unknown against Wallin
Tyson Fury shouldn’t have too much trouble in the ring this weekend against an opponent whose biggest claim to fame is that he’s arguably the best heavyweight fighter...
Sebastian Vettel ended a 13-month win drought by leading a Ferrari one-two victory at the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday, while Lewis Hamilton finished fourth but stretched his championship lead to 65 points.
Leclerc triggers Ferrari frenzy with Monza win
Charles Leclerc triggered a frenzy of Ferrari celebration Sunday after holding off a racelong Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team’s first home grand...
Leclerc fastest in practice for Monza
Charles Leclerc set the pace in practice for his Ferrari team’s home Italian Grand Prix Friday with Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels for...
Leclerc empowered for Ferrari home race
Charles Leclerc will be propelled by an upgraded Ferrari power unit and his own raw emotions this weekend when he bids to claim a second career victory at the Italian...
Leclerc leads Vettel in Belgium
Charles Leclerc knocked teammate Sebastian Vettel off the top of the timesheets to go fastest on a dominant opening day of practice for Ferrari ahead of the Formula One...
The practical work of sound artists is not unlike that of composers or sound designers in cinema.
Social media revives ancient art
Eighteen-year-old Londoner Danique Bailey is one of a new generation of poets using social media to revive the art.
Lebanese star named best Arab actress 2019
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five...
McCullin talks photos then, now
Sir Don McCullin needs little introduction.
Wrinkles on the canvas of life
In Japanese, there is a peculiar word, shinrin-yoku, that literally means “forest bath.”
French diggers restore three Sudanese relics
A team of French diggers has restored three Sudanese artefacts, including a 3,500-year-old wall relief, and handed them to the country’s national museum Thursday, a...
Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five Thirty).
Eleven more women have accused Spanish opera star Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct, allegations that the leading tenor described Thursday as “riddled with inconsistencies.”
Fashion influencer Ferragni steals show at Venice festival
The longest queues at the Venice Film Festival have not been to see Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson.
Red, red wine ... could be good for digestive system
Time to raise a glass to better gut health?
Aquafina drives recycling platform
With a commitment to public responsibility and in line with the company’s long-established values of caring for the environment by reducing waste and acting for the...
Casino du Liban celebrates Greek culture
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner...
Germany celebrates 70 years of currywurst sausage
Germans Wednesday celebrated 70 years of the currywurst, a Berlin specialty of sliced sausage smothered in curry powder and ketchup, as they celebrated its national day.
Five ways the right lighting can elevate your home
When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room.
Chess offers Nigerian slum kids new move
Crowds of children bustle around chessboards in Nigeria’s Lagos, figuring out their next moves as part of a project that aims to bring hope in one of the city’s...
In Ethiopia, a rehabilitation center takes on qat addiction
Yonas Getu Molla started chewing qat as an architecture student, when he and his friends would munch on the leafy stimulant late into the night to help them study.
Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner was still being served in Lebanon.
Phoenicia creates gastronomic experience
Grape harvesting tour, wine tasting and a lunch of local ingredients, prepared by international chefs.
Scientists reported Thursday they had picked up human-like electrical activity in lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether the pea-sized brains are conscious: the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not because the activity resembles that of preterm babies, but they cannot say for certain, opening up a new ethical dimension to this area of research.
Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before
When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her...
The idea of starting a Russian choir in rural Australia began as a vodka-fueled lark, but five years on a rag-tag bunch of farmers, lawyers and laborers have become unlikely international folk heroes.
Star Wars hotel like a cruise into space
It’s going to be a cruise to nowhere, but that will be just fine with die-hard “Star Wars” fans.
Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at sea to break the tide.
Australia lowers reef outlook to ‘very poor’
The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans.
Wake up and smell the coffee from Ukrainian sunglasses
Ukraine’s innovative OCHIS eyewear brand is getting customers to literally smell the coffee - by making sunglasses out of coffee waste.
NASA looks into melting ocean ice above Greenland
Skimming low over the gleaming white glaciers on Greenland’s coast in a modified 1940s plane, three NASA scientists, led by an Elvis-impersonating oceanographer, waited...
Banana industry on alert as disease arrives in Colombia
It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus.