A Syrian war monitoring group says airstrikes have targeted rural Aleppo for the first time in months since a cease-fire took hold in the province
Egypt jails 14 over deadly stadium stampede
An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on Sunday and 12 to between two and 10 years over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo.
Taliban shut down clinics in southern Afghan province: official
The Taliban has shut down dozens of clinics in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan in the past few days, officials said, amid demands for special treatment for its...
Pakistan says Indian fire in Kashmir kills girl
Pakistan says Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a young girl and wounding two other people.
Ministers, US Officials attend Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Saturday opened the 2017 Diaspora Energy Conference in Las Vegas, a statement from his media office said.
Turkish FM visits 2 Turks jailed in the US for May brawl
Turkey's top diplomat has visited two Turks imprisoned in the United States for their alleged involvement in an infamous brawl that has raised tensions between the two...
Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border
Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq's Kurdistan region, Iran's state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish...
Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis: Arabiya TV
A solution in Yemen's two and-a-half year-old civil war will likely come through military rather than political means, the country's Saudi-backed president said,...
The Taliban has shut down dozens of clinics in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan in the past few days, officials said, amid demands for special treatment for its fighters who control most of the embattled region.
Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying
The Vatican said Sunday it had been forced to oust its former auditor general -- who resigned without explanation in June -- because he had been spying on senior...
Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes off Mexican west coast
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the Mexican west coast on Sunday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The epicenter of the quake was 99 km south-southwest...
UN official: Global community must step up Rohingya aid
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is "the most urgent refugee emergency in...
Aoun talks Hezbollah ties ahead of France visit
President Michel Aoun Saturday reaffirmed Lebanon’s disassociation from the neighboring conflict in Syria in a wide-ranging interview published in a French daily that...
Kaag welcomes Army deployment to south Lebanon
The U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag welcomed Saturday the deployment of additional Lebanese Army troops to the south of the country, a UNSCOL...
Boy drowns off coast of Sidon in south Lebanon
A boy drowned off the coast of Sidon in south Lebanon Saturday, a source told The Daily Star.
Amal, Hezbollah say south Lebanon fight not linked to party relations
The leaders of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah issued a joint statement Saturday saying fighting in south Lebanon between members of the groups the night before was the...
Environment Minister Tarek Khatib announced the reduction of bank guarantees for marble, granite and stones companies, according to a statement released by the minister’s media office Saturday.
Startup to Geneva for a shot at $1 million prize
A Lebanese startup that tracks customer shopping behavior through close-circuit television will head to Switzerland to compete for $1 million in investments.
Iraq committed to respecting its OPEC oil production quota: minister
Iraq is committed to respecting its reduced oil production quota as agreed with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other exporters, Oil Minister...
Adnoc to consider IPO for shipping business
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is considering a plan to sell shares in its shipping unit as part of a broader strategy to attract investment into the emirate that pumps...
‘Unfit’ Uber stripped of London permit
London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5...
Govt in unenviable position on salary scale
The Constitutional Council decision to rescind the tax hike law has put the government in an unenviable position and may force it to weigh more options to finance the...
Moody’s upgrades Lebanon banking system outlook
International rating agency Moody’s has changed its outlook on Lebanon’s banking system to stable from negative, reflecting greater political stability and an...
Oil tax law approval to encourage bidding: source
Parliament’s approval of the oil tax law with few amendments will encourage international oil firms to bid for offshore gas blocks on Oct. 12, a source close to the...
Iraq is committed to respecting its reduced oil production quota as agreed with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other exporters, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told a news conference on Sunday in Baghdad.
Egypt economy still recovering from 2011 uprising
Egypt’s economy has started to improve but has yet to recover from the 2011 uprising and the years of unrest that followed, an international credit rating agency said.
Lazard to solve Turkey’s biggest default
Banks that provided a $4.75 billion loan to Turk Telekomunikasyon AS’s major shareholder hired Lazard Ltd. to advise them on the nation’s biggest ever default,...
Saudi Arabia plans $2.7B entertainment firm
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is setting up a company to invest in local entertainment, as the conservative kingdom tentatively opens up and pursues a long-term...
London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world’s wealthiest cities.
Sterling falls during Brexit speech
Sterling skidded against the dollar and the euro Friday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to give any concrete details for how Britain might retain...
Fed: Expect calm balance sheet reduction
U.S. central banker John Williams said Friday he does not expect any market turbulence as the Fed gets underway with reducing the huge balance sheet built during its...
Time Inc. in talks to sell major assets
Time Inc. said Friday it was looking to sell several assets, including Time Inc. U.K., and warned it experienced more-than-anticipated softness in print and advertising...
Boeing lands $11B deal from resurgent Turkish
Turkish Airlines said it intends to purchase 40 of Boeing Co.’s 787-9 Dreamliners, a long-awaited deal that signals the carrier’s rebound following a terrorist attack...
Lebanese politicians have again demonstrated that their approach to the Constitution is little different from consulting Wikipedia.
Constitution cast in stone
A country’s constitution is an inherent part of its identity and the foundation on which a nation is built.
‘De-escalation’ and Astana
The Turkey, Iran and Russia-led Astana talks concluded their sixth round in the Kazakh capital last week, with the announcement of an initial agreement about Idlib...
The global leadership vacuum
Germany and China are chief among the countries whose economic policies have drawn U.S. President Donald Trump’s ire.
Trump’s welcome flirtation with the U.N.
When you discount the rhetorical overkill, the most surprising thing about President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations Tuesday was how conventional it was.
In the absence of tweets in the Middle East skies, communications have been accomplished by loud and clear tools.
Fodder for violence
Mesopotamia from the beginning of time has been fertile ground for controversy, fire, fury and persecution.
Palestinian unity dawns
Palestinians Sunday were reveling in some good news, something they have not had for a very long time.
In Gaza, Ramallah and the diaspora, they welcomed the...
The Turkey, Iran and Russia-led Astana talks concluded their sixth round in the Kazakh capital last week, with the announcement of an initial agreement about Idlib reached between the guarantors.
The paradoxes of Lebanon’s position on refugees
The 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly was convened on Sept. 12, 2017, amid the most drastic violence and destruction in human history.
Has the Syrian revolution failed?
From the perspective of September 2017, it seems that all the wrong people are celebrating the state of affairs in Syria: the country’s president, Bashar Assad;...
Peace Day: A human-focused design
The year 2017 has witnessed a growing number of terrorist attacks traumatizing communities around the world.
The case for a more involved government
Seeing the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and of wildfires out West, one cannot help but think about the crucial role that government plays in our...
Trump takes the shots, Tillerson runs the offense
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has often been the silent man in the Trump foreign policy team.
Miscommunication and mistakes can lead to war
When today’s historians look at the confrontation between the United States and North Korea, they’re likely to hear echoes of ultimatums, bluffs and botched messages...
When Daesh goes, should US troops stay in Syria?
As the U.S.-led coalition accelerates its campaign to destroy Daesh’s (ISIS) remaining strongholds in Syria, the Trump administration faces a big decision about the...
Tripoli narrowly avoided another embarrassing defeat Friday as a 94th minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw from their home tie against Al-Islah in the Lebanese Premier League.
Juventus, Napoli seek home boost before European
Juventus and Napoli will be looking to make it six wins out of six in Serie A Saturday before must-win Champions League games next week.
Ostapenko wins Korea Open
Top seed Jelena Ostapenko clinched victory at the Korea Open on Sunday, defeating Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia in a closely contested three-set final
Muguruza sails into Pan Pacific Open semifinals
World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza put on a clinical display to power past Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 in the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals in Tokyo Friday.
Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers
One retired jersey number just isn’t enough for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Palace, beware: The Guardiola era is taking off
Crystal Palace, beware. The Pep Guardiola era might truly have taken off at Manchester City.
‘Penaltygate’ threatens to halt PSG’s fast start
Paris St. Germain coach Unai Emery refused to name his first-choice penalty taker Thursday, after Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s apparent falling out against Lyon last week.
Zidane pleads for calm as Real slump
In the space of just five games, Real Madrid have gone from red hot La Liga title favorites to trailing rivals Barcelona by seven points ahead of Saturday’s trip to...
Nadal, Federer lead Europe in Laver Cup
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will set aside their longtime rivalry when they play for Europe against the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup tournament which...
Muguruza, Pliskova advance in Tokyo
New world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Olympic champion Monica Puig 6-4 6-0 to ease into the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Wednesday.
No coach, no problem for Pliskova
Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is confident that splitting with coach David Kotyza will not be a hindrance as she attempts to go it alone over the home stretch of...
Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade
The blockbuster trade, delayed and in jeopardy of dying, is done: Kyrie Irving is headed to the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is coming to the Cavaliers and the NBA can take a...
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin took a stunning victory in the men’s time-trial at the the world championships in Bergen Wednesday.
Lebanon's first international arm-wrestling tournament held
Lebanon’s first international arm-wrestling tournament was held Thursday in Martyrs’ Square, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Rio Ferdinand launches boxing career
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said Tuesday he is launching a new career as a professional boxer two years after retiring from football as a way of channeling his...
Froome looks to cap year with world title
Chris Froome has a chance to end his best-ever season on yet another high when he tackles the hilly world time-trial championships course in Bergen Wednesday.
Stafford’s two touchdown passes help Lions win
On a night when the New York Giants honored their 2007 Super Bowl championship team at halftime, the current Giants once again looked like chumps.
Motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi completed two practice sessions Friday for the Aragon Grand Prix, a mere 21 days after surgery on a double leg fracture and claimed he felt comfortable being back in business.
Rossi aims to race in Spain despite broken leg
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi will try to make a race return in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his leg in an off-road training accident, if MotoGP doctors...
Vettel trails in title race after Singapore blip
In the space of three races, Sebastian Vettel has dropped twice as far behind Lewis Hamilton as he was ahead of him.
Farting competition tops off-track action
Five talking points from the Singapore Grand Prix night race, which Lewis Hamilton won in wet conditions Sunday:
Hamilton takes step toward fourth title
Lewis Hamilton took a huge stride towards a fourth Formula One title Sunday with victory in an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix after Ferrari title rival Sebastian...
In its first year, the Smithsonian's new black museum has become the nation's top temple to blackness, an Afrocentric shrine on the National Mall where people of all races, colors and creed are flocking to experience - and leave behind for posterity - the highs and lows of African-American life in the United States.
Beirut Art Fair looks at region’s history
The eighth edition of Beirut Art Fair opened its doors yesterday, hosting 51 galleries from 23 countries at BIEL, with sections for promoting young talents and...
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.
‘Stronger’ spawns a friendship
As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s TIFF premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the...
Love, grief in Berlin
The courtroom drama seems to be undergoing a revival these days, with samples of the genre surfacing at both the Cannes and Venice film festivals this year.
Homage to Amine El Bacha’s ‘light’
Featuring work from the Amine El Bacha Foundation collection, “Partitions and Colors: Homage to Amine El Bacha” captures the diversity and beauty of Bacha’s paintings...
‘Alone’ is perfect complement to ‘Dunkirk
Interest in the 1940 cross-channel evacuation of British soldiers amid the French collapse in World War II has sprung to life this summer – thanks to Christopher...
The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other
Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a...
Lady Gaga says taking a break after fifth album tour
Lady Gaga said Friday she plans to take a break after her current Joanne World Tour ends in mid-December
Taylor Swift soars atop US chart, ends 'Despacito' reign
Taylor Swift's vengeful new track topped the US singles chart Tuesday with the year's highest one-week sales, halting the historic reign of global sensation "Despacito.
As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s TIFF premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting.
Spicer thinks Emmys critics should lighten up
Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too...
‘The Simpsons’ actress finds her own voice
For most fans of “The Simpsons,” the name Nancy Cartwright may ring a bell as the voice of 10-year-old troublemaker Bart Simpson over 28 seasons of the Fox animated show.
Dr. Seuss company loses blocking Grinch parody
A New York playwright has convinced a federal judge that his new play is a parody of Dr. Seuss’ classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and that in this legal fight,...
Why ‘mother!’ got an exclamation point
Darren Aronofsky does not just want audiences to watch his new film “mother!” He wants to shake them up and leave them thinking about his genre-defying, surreal...
The second sexual assault trial of American television legend Bill Cosby will open on April 2, 2018, the presiding judge ruled Friday
Husker Du drummer, singer Grant Hart dies of cancer
Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for pioneering indie rock band Husker Du, which was seen as a major influence for Nirvana, the Pixies and other bands, has died at...
Serena Williams shows off baby girl Alexis in photos, video diary
American tennis star Serena Williams on Wednesday announced the name and released first pictures of her baby girl, revealing that they had spent a week in the hospital...
Victoria Beckham brings Play-Doh sparkle to New York
Victoria Beckham unveiled her latest fashion collection in New York on Sunday, throwing shade at her once beloved black for the colors of Play-Doh and for sparkly...
US historian who lived in Afghanistan dies at 90
An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the war-torn country died Sunday.
Stuffed, rolled, baked or fried: rice paper rules in food-obsessed Vietnam, where diners have spurned factory-made versions for homespun ones, propping up a thriving cottage industry in the Mekong Delta.
When times go dark, Armani goes bright
The fashion crowd eased into Friday, the third day of Milan Fashion Week, after a late night raising money for AIDS research at the amfAR Milan gala.
'Cyberchondria' costs the UK health service £56m a year
Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise...
French fashion giants LVMH, Kering ban ultra-thin models
A host of French-owned fashion labels spanning Christian Dior to Saint Laurent pledged Wednesday to ban ultra-thin models from their advertising and catwalk shows in...
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...
Prada designer: Work is more important than sales
Miuccia Prada delivered an unflinching defense Thursday of her creative leadership of the flagging luxury giant that bears her name, saying her work is more important...
Peace, hummus and falafels: London restaurant puts Syrian crisis on the menu
Better known for their taste, hummus and baba ganoush might also be good for conflict resolution - or at least that's the hope of a pop-up restaurant in London that has...
Tommy and Gigi stage London Fashion Week show
London Fashion Week has reached its giddy conclusion, the extravaganza more than meeting expectations with a string of shows, parties and presentations.
Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise in "cyberchondria"
3 scientists, Planned Parenthood win Lasker medical prizes
Two scientists who paved the way for widely used vaccines and another who discovered key players in cell growth have been awarded prestigious medical research awards
Zika virus could offer new tool to fight brain cancer
The Zika virus can wreak havoc on the brain of a developing fetus, but its destructive power may also be harnessed to fight a stubborn form of adult brain cancer,...
US clears gene therapy for childhood leukemia
Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of...
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 further than the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Brazilian Festival opening full of flair
On a mild Friday evening, guests arriving at a terrace overlooking the bay were welcomed by the cawing of parakeets, lovebirds and parrots, and plied with trays of...
The sporting hero that Lebanon lost and forgot
The shop run by Tareq Abou Zahab feels smaller than it is.
A father’s bookish vision brought to life
In April 2016, for the first time in years, Lana Halabi stepped into her father’s store – a space that had become a treasure trove of literature and knick-knacks over...
Festival brings Formula 1, Supercars to Beirut
Formula One style racing came to Beirut Waterfront Thursday afternoon for the latest extravagant event of the #WeDreamLebanon festival.
For Russians who fear that someone may be eavesdropping on their phone conversations, leading IT entrepreneur Natalya Kaspersky says she has a solution.
Asteroid-bound spacecraft zips by Earth for gravity boost
An unmanned NASA spacecraft traveling to a distant asteroid veered toward Earth Friday for a gravitational slingshot maneuver that will better aim it toward the...
Research crew back from eight-month isolation
Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday.
Cassini spacecraft burns up in the skies of Saturn
NASA said Friday Cassini spacecraft has burned up in the skies over Saturn as planned, ending a 20-year mission to circle Saturn and transform the way we think about...
Apple unveils iPhone X in major product launch
Apple Inc. Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive...
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.
I keep munchies in my car, along with bottles of water and tissues.
Buyers beware of bargain cars after U.S. storms
If you’re in the market for a pre-owned car, perhaps a recently imported one that hasn’t yet been exposed to the “trials” that comprise motoring in Lebanon, be aware...
Aventador S gets second life with radical refresh
I’ve had a passion for automobiles ever since I was a toddler.