Lebanon must not get used to the absence of a Christian president, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warns.
Nusra Front warns of Lebanon civil war
Nusra Front criticized once again the Lebanese Army for what they said were discriminating against Sunnis in Lebanon, hinting that such a behavior would most likely...
ISIS attacks crossing as Kobani awaits Iraqi relief
ISIS fighters have made a new bid to cut off the Syrian border town of Kobani from neighboring Turkey Saturday as preparations gather pace to deploy Iraqi Kurdish...
Sisi: Foreign hands behind Sinai attack
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take...
Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000
A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two...
Four people robbed on hunting trip in Bekaa Valley
Four people were robbed and their vehicles were stolen in the Bekaa Valley while on a hunting trip, the National News Agency said Saturday.
Tripoli mufti cancels Christian-Muslim summit
North Lebanon Mufti Sheikh Malek al-Shaar cancels a planned Muslim-Christian summit due to the unstable situation in Tripoli.
Lebanon's Arabic Press Digest - Oct. 25, 2014
The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these...
ISIS fighters have made a new bid to cut off the Syrian border town of Kobani from neighboring Turkey Saturday as preparations gather pace to deploy Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements.
Kurds retake north Iraqi town from ISIS
Kurdish regional forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State insurgents on Saturday, security sources said.
Russia has not agreed to train Iraqi troops: Lavrov
Russia has not agreed to train troops in Iraq as proposed by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.
Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election
In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall.
A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000.
Ebola death toll tops 4,900
The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization says.
Millions of Ebola vaccine doses due in 2015
The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start...
anada killer battled addiction, turned to Islam
A gunman who stormed Canada’s parliament after killing a soldier at a nearby war memorial was a petty criminal fighting a drug addiction and was estranged from his...
Brazil poll shows Neves leading election
Opposition candidate Aecio Neves has a shrinking lead over President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil’s presidential race, an outlying poll showed Friday, at odds with major...
The ailing state of the economy’s major sectors is prompting venture capital firms to delve into new fields for investments, benefiting from Central Bank incentives aimed at boosting employment opportunities and entrepreneurship in Lebanon.
Lebanese Central Bank plans $1B stimulus for 2015
Lebanon is planning a $1 billion economic stimulus package for 2015 to maintain growth and support an economy hit by a more than 3-year-old conflict in neighboring...
Kuwait urges Gulf reforms as oil prices fall
Kuwait's oil minister calls for economic reforms by energy-dependent Gulf states to cope with a drop in oil prices that has hurt their public finances.
Saudi crude drop not aimed at bolstering prices
The drop in Saudi Arabian oil supply last month failed to sway analysts looking for signs OPEC’s biggest producer is seeking to bolster global prices.
Furious Cameron vows not to pay EU bill
British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged a demand from the European Union for an additional 2.1-billion-euro payment into this year’s EU budget after a revision...
Bank Audi’s Turkey expansion pays off
Bank Audi’s net profits were 7.1 percent higher in the first nine months of 2014 than they were in the same period of 2013, mainly owing to the bank’s successful...
Bank Audi says first 9 months' profit for 2014 up
Lebanese lender Bank Audi's net profit in the first nine months of the year was up 7.1 percent at $280 million, it said on Thursday.
Lebanon plans $450M Eurobond issue by year-end
Lebanon’s government plans to issue a $450 million Eurobond by the end of this year in order to meet the country’s funding needs, the country’s finance minister told...
Libya oil to flow as rival governments face off
A struggle has broken out for control of Libya’s state-run energy sector as rival governments in Tripoli and the east compete for power, but a common interest in...
Egypt regulator pins bond hopes on central bank
Egyptian authorities are eager to develop an active bond market but are counting on the central bank to ensure the participation of commercial lenders, the head of the...
Egypt tourism minister confident of recovery
Egypt’s tourism minister hopes to fully revive one of the country’s most vital industries by next April but persuading the world that it is safe to visit the ancient...
British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged a demand from the European Union for an additional 2.1-billion-euro payment into this year’s EU budget after a revision of economic statistics showed his country was better off.
ECB set to fail 25 banks in review
Twenty-five lenders in the European Central Bank’s eurozone bank health check are set to fail the regulator’s Comprehensive Assessment, according to a draft communique...
Russian banks take EU to court over sanctions
Three of Russia’s biggest lenders said Friday they were taking the EU to court over sanctions imposed on them as part of measures aimed at Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
Cloud business lifts Microsoft quarterly results
Microsoft Corp.’s quarterly sales topped estimates on cloud-computing growth and recovering personal-computer sales, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella shows...
Cyprus GDP upgrade boosts bailout exit plans
A European Union accounting change has improved Cyprus’ public-finance outlook more than any other eurozone nation, raising the prospects it will exit a bailout program...
Russia’s president spent time on Friday taking a clear, unambiguous stance on what he sees going wrong with the global order, due to the behavior of the U.S., but only ended up making things murkier.
While MP Nicholas Fattoush denies physically attacking Justice Ministry employee Manal Daou, he does admit verbally abusing her, and any attack on a public servant...
The rule of law triumphs, sort of, in the U.S.
The conviction in a Washington court Wednesday of four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for their roles in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi...
An ounce of prevention on terrorism in Abu Dhabi
“Hedayah” certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here in Abu Dhabi.
The potential pitfalls of sharing personal data
Apple’s new watch keeps track of your health. Google Now gathers the information needed to compute the ideal time for you to leave for the airport.
While the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition conducts under a dozen air raids around Ain al-Arab a day, Syria’s regime seems to be intensifying its bombardments across the...
Lebanese politicians are certainly adept at two things – using technology and predicting the future.
With a fatality rate of 70 percent and no certified cure, people around the world are understandably concerned about Ebola.
The conviction in a Washington court Wednesday of four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for their roles in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and 17 other wounded is a small, symbolic and perhaps significant act of justice in a much bigger and unresolved drama of death, destruction and impunity.
ISIS is the latest of many Islamisms
The frightening rise and expansion of ISIS, which has now triggered yet another round of American-led foreign military attacks in the Levant, continues to confound many...
Obama should contain, not escalate against ISIS
From the start, President Obama’s Syria policy has foundered because of a gap between words and deeds. And he’s done it again.
There’s nothing to fear but panic itself
Richard Preston, whose 1994 book “The Hot Zone” brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had...
Trio of inequalities: income, wealth, opportunity
There were quite a few disconnects at the recently concluded Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
The other Nobel winners: 2.2 billion children
They’re going to need an extra-big stage in Oslo this year. When Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai pick up their Nobel Peace Prizes, there are going to be a lot of...
Exploiting Morocco’s security threat
Authorities in Morocco are increasingly concerned about the impact of Moroccan jihadists returning from Syria.
ISIS is a game changer for Algeria
The emergence of ISIS as a military force and existential threat to Iraq has once more turned the region into a global strategic playground for extremists.
Last season’s top scorer and new Nejmeh signing Lassina Zorro opened his account with a crucial brace Friday, as the defending champions came from a goal down to see off Shabab al-Sahel 3-1 in matchday four of the Lebanese Premier League.
Mourinho: Costa may return against Man United
Diego Costa, Ramires and John Mikel Obi could all return to the Chelsea squad for their Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford Sunday, manager Jose...
Fittipaldi in top panel for Bianchi crash probe
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules...
Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall
Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez’s cruise to a pole-to-flag victory...
Serena reaches WTA semifinals, cements top ranking
Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis and was crowned year-end world No. 1 without picking up a racket Friday when results went her way at the season finale in...
Serbia get walkover vs. Albania
Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl on the pitch, but also had three points...
Torres struggling to keep his place at Milan
Top scorers in Serie A with 16 goals, fourth in the table and beaten only once in seven games, the new season is going well for new-look AC Milan and new coach Filippo...
Blast from the past as Bayern face Gladbach
When Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich travel to fellow title contenders Borussia Moenchengaladbach Sunday, it will be a remake of those classic 1970s encounters when...
Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is part of a panel named Monday to propose new safety measures after the Japan Grand Prix crash that left French driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.
Valentino Rossi wins MotoGP race in Australia
Valentino Rossi of Italy wins his sixth Australian Grand Prix MotoGP - and first since 2005 - when he claimed a 10-second victory over Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday.
Montezemolo: Alonso leaving to win again
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team’s ex-chairman Luca...
Marussia hits out at false Bianchi reports
Formula One team Marussia has hit back at claims it contributed to Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix by urging him to ignore yellow...
Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis and was crowned year-end world No. 1 without picking up a racket Friday when results went her way at the season finale in Singapore.
Serena bounces back to best at WTA Finals
Serena Williams awoke Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals...
Murray and Ferrer cruise into Valencia last eight
Andy Murray inched closer to sealing his place at the World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini to reach the Valencia Open quarterfinals Thursday.
Williams suffers heaviest loss in 16 years
Simona Halep handed an out-of-sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world No. 1 6-0, 6-2 at the...
Federer flirts with perfection
Life couldn’t be better – or more surprising – for Roger Federer as the 33-year-old takes aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss...
Lebanese premiere sides Sagesse and Tadamon Zouk will take part in the second edition of the Qadisia International Tournament, a tuneup event before the Lebanese Basketball League gets underway on Nov. 21.
Riyadi clinch 14th Hariri title
Riyadi wrapped up their record 14th Houssam Din al-Hariri tournament title and fourth in a row after defeating Moroccan champions AS Sale 87-66 in the finals Friday.
Riyadi face AS Sale in quest for 14th title
Lebanon’s Riyadi edged closer to title number 14 in the Houssam al-Din Hariri basketball tournament by defeating Sporting Egypt 75-61 in the semifinals Thursday to set...
Riyadi stretch unbeaten run to four
Reigning champions Riyadi finished on top of the standings of the preliminary round of the Houssam al-Hariri tournament after beating direct rivals AS Sale from Morocco...
Riyadi keep perfect record in Hariri tournament
Lebanese champions Riyadi Beirut remained unbeaten in the Houssam El-Din Hariri tournament, after registering their third victory against Sporting of Egypt 86-76 Monday.
Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of grueling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial – Tour de France organizers have designed one of the most exciting courses for the 2015 race, which will heavily favor the climbers.
Croatian boxer gets life ban for hitting referee
Croatian amateur boxer Vido Loncar and his coaches have been given provisional life bans by world body AIBA after he hit a Polish referee and continued punching him on...
McIlroy taking time off for legal dispute
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is taking time away from golf early next year to better deal with the multimillion dollar legal dispute he has with his former management...
Golovkin stops Rubio in 2nd, defends WBA title
Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday night, defending his WBA middleweight title with his 18th consecutive stoppage victory.
Golovkin tries to keep KO streak alive
Gennady Golovkin puts his unbeaten record and World Boxing Association middleweight world title on the line Saturday against resilient Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio –...
Google’s music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners’ mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.
'Dead' hearts transplant a surgical breakthrough
Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way...
A healthy soak in Saharan sands
As the morning sun rises over the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara, men and women dig holes for tourists who want to bury themselves in the sand.
Debate over ethics of deleting negative reviews
Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy.
Sweater knit motifs warm up fall home decor
Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home decor.
Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2
If I’ve seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I’ve probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are).
Upgrade your driving experience
New car technologies are like a massage, you never know how badly you need it until you get one.
Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago
Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists reported on Thursday.
Moscow hotel goes halal to woo Muslim visitors
No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special halal service as Russia tries to attract visitors...
Five free things in Berlin: Cold War legacy
In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century.
Chablis: the world’s purest chardonnay
The Chablis region of France produces the world’s purest expression of chardonnay.
Italy court clears Dolce and Gabbana in tax evasion case
Italy's top court cleared fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana Friday over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.
Why make your own chicken stock? Because it rocks
Why bother making chicken stock at home when there are so many respectable versions at the supermarket? Because the stock you pour out of a can or a box just can’t...
Pucker up: Lip balms are having a moment
Whether artisanal or oozing with luxury, lip balms are having a moment.
A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math
Ready for the annual Thanksgiving math quiz?
Four of Lebanon’s top bartenders made it to the country final of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, beating eight other opponents with their own specialty cocktails.
Dedicated veterinarians juggle life and work
Dr. Wissam Qobeissi rushes into the emergency room of the Veterinary Hospital of South Lebanon to treat a stray dog that was run over by a car.
Iron Heyoka tribe hopes to reshape Lebanese TV
“We call our self a tribe,” said DC Habib, a co-founder, content creator and partner at the Iron Heyoka production house.
Molding a brighter future for Lebanon’s artisans
It seems plenty of people were willing to brave traveling off the beaten track to reach the Potter’s Festival held at Bkerzay in the Chouf at the weekend.
Affection not affected: Hala Ajam's makeup
Makeup is an art mastered by few. Contrary to what many believe, it’s not the quantity or intensity of the product that enhances a woman’s beauty.
A paralyzed man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment which one of the British scientists responsible hailed as a breakthrough “more impressive than a man walking on the moon” – although others urged caution.
Ebola: Five questions about the killer virus
The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people in west Africa since December and has fueled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever...
Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex
Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about...
Under new world vines, glimpse of old world wine
With its acclaimed shiraz and other experimental varietals, the Casale del Giglio estate near Rome is at the cutting edge of Italian winemaking.
'Hidden hunger,' often overshadowed but devastating
A major international research group rings alarm bells over the scourge of hidden hunger, also known as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which affects over two billion...
The curtain rose on the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Thursday evening with the movie “From A to B.” The sophomore feature of Ali Mostafa, ADFF’s opening film tells the story of three childhood friends on a road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut.
Gehry’s art museum sails onto Paris skyline
Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton...
John Denver gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver.
U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut
U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the...
Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet and she's signed it "Elizabeth R.
The Salon du Livre gears up for business
Billed as the third-largest Francophone book fair in the world, Beirut’s annual Salon du Livre is a fixture for bibliophiles well-versed in the so-called language of...
Paris's Picasso museum finally reopens
A top-level sacking, harsh words from the artist's son, delays and a huge budget overrun -- Paris's Picasso museum reopens its doors on Saturday amid the fallout from a...
How Cooper will stay limber for 'Elephant Man'
Bradley Cooper will contort his body into uncomfortable positions for eight shows a week when he begins his run in the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man.
Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera
Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural...
Lorde's 'Royals' banned by baseball rivals
Lorde's smash hit "Royals" is suddenly taking on a renewed significance -- and, to one set of sports fans, unwelcome -- as the Kansas City Royals head to baseball's...
Pitbull to host American Music Awards
Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards.
From David Beckham to Sting: UN reaches for the stars
The United Nations is throwing a party on Friday for its 69th birthday and guests can expect to be dazzled by Sting and piano sensation Lang Lang at a New York concert...
Mick Jagger, the film producer, heads to work
Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name.
'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid
"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he...
Iggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards
Rapper Iggy Azalea, actor Bryan Cranston and the film "Gone Girl" are nominees for Logo TV's 2014 New Now Next Awards.
Matthew McConaughey's upcoming film about a journey beyond the stars may as well be about the Texas actor's own stratospheric career these days.
Keanu Reeves returns to the dark side in 'John Wick'
Actor Keanu Reeves travels to a murky underworld in the action thriller, "John Wick," playing a grieving husband and retired assassin, who reverts to being a killing...
Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs
Oscar-winner Christian Bale -- best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films -- will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming...
Olivia Cooke finds breakout in horror
Sitting in a palm-tree lined cemetery in Hollywood promoting her latest film, "Bates Motel" actress Olivia Cooke says the impact of working in the horror genre has left...
Netflix to stream new online TV series, 'Bloodline'
Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series,...