Special traffic circulation arrangements to be implemented in Ashoura in Beirut’s predominantly Shiite-inhabited southern suburb.
Man arrested for inciting sectarianism on Facebook
The Lebanese Army arrests a man in Tripoli, north Lebanon, for allegedly fueling sectarian hatred on Facebook.
Hollande says anti-ISIS campaign will be stepped up
France's Hollande says anti-ISIS campaign will be stepped up
Pakistani beheaded in Saudi for smuggling heroin
Saudi Arabia Friday beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of smuggling heroin into the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, the interior ministry said.
Gunmen kidnap Nigeria oil minister's sister: police
The sister of Nigeria's powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targeting a...
Corpse of Syrian man found blindfolded in Arsal
The body of a Syrian man was found blindfolded on the outer edge of the northeastern border town of Arsal Friday, a security source told The Daily Star.
Harb: One party behind Lebanon's stalemate
Lebanon’s political system is threatened with complete failure because of one party’s stubbornness over the presidential vote, Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb...
UNIFIL, Army mark UN Day in south Lebanon
UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese community celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
Canadian consulate gets suspicious package
Turkish authorities Friday launched an investigation after an unidentified yellow powder was found in a package sent to the Canadian consulate in Istanbul.
Syrian government forces shell rebel areas, kill 9
Activists say that Syrian government forces have stepped up shelling of rebel-held areas, killing nine people in a village in the country's north.
Syrian Kurd leader sees war of "attrition" in Kobani
The battle for the Syrian town of Kobani will turn into a war of attrition unless Kurds defending it from ISIS onslaught get arms that can repel tanks and armored...
The sister of Nigeria's powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targeting a prominent political family.
Ottawa shooter had sought Libyan passport: Libyan embassy official
The man suspected of shooting dead a Canadian soldier on Wednesday had sought a Libyan passport in recent days but had been unsuccessful, an official at the Libyan...
EU's Barroso says UK bill should not have been 'surprise'
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday that Britain should have been prepared for a an EU bill of more than two billion euros that has infuriated...
Kerry says no apology to NKorea to free Americans
Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged North Korea to release two detained Americans to build goodwill with the United States, but ruled out providing a U.S....
Putin urges West to help Ukraine with funds for Russian gas
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a plea to the European Union and United States on Friday, asking them to help cash-strapped Ukraine raise funds to pay for...
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 Syria, according to the Central Bank’s governor.
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...
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...
Russian ruble plunges to new low as economy suffers
Russia's ruble slumped to a new all-time low Friday as the economic fall-out from the Ukraine crisis and lower oil prices caused the finance minister to call for a...
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...
Microfinance association to streamline sector
The launch Wednesday of a new microfinance association that gathers non-governmental organizations and financial institutions under one umbrella will minimize...
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 maintaining oil revenues will keep exports flowing for now.
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...
Oil reliance hindering Iran: Khamenei
Iran’s dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic’s economy at the mercy of major powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
Iran shuns image as OPEC hawk
Iran, eager for an end to sanctions that have restricted its oil exports, is shunning its image as OPEC’s price hawk by avoiding calls for an emergency session of the...
Russia's ruble slumped to a new all-time low Friday as the economic fall-out from the Ukraine crisis and lower oil prices caused the finance minister to call for a "back-up" 2015-2017 budget.
U.S. jobless claims data suggest rise in hiring
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week.
Europe banks face verdict after ECB review
The eurozone’s 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank’s final verdict on their finances Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent...
Currency wars evolve in bid to avoid deflation
Currency wars are back, although this time the goal is to steal inflation, not growth.
International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea
An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to...
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 should be taken as an attack on the national flag.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Practice what you preach
Lebanon’s interior minister engaged in a good deal of candor when he spoke over the weekend about responsibility for the security situation in the country.
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...
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.
New hair-brained ideas in the Middle East
Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the...
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.
Unleashing Africa’s girl power
Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies have boomed in recent years.
Everton retained top spot in Group F Thursday as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Lille in Europa League action following a day of trouble and fighting in the city center between fans and police ahead of the tie.
Rodgers plays down Balotelli incident
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked exasperated when he asked, “Is this the Mario Balotelli press conference?”
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 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...
Juventus at a loss to explain poor European form
Juventus are at a loss to explain why they fail to play with the same conviction and authority in Europe that they have shown in dominating Serie A over the past three...
Ronaldo leads rout as Real outclass Liverpool
Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield Wednesday which...
Nadal beats Herbert for Basel last-eight place
Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday to reach the Swiss Indoors...
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 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 crown.
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...
Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova
Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world No. 1 by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6(4)...
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...
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.
Riyadi notch second win of Hariri tournament
Defending champions Riyadi Beirut claimed their second victory in the 24th Houssam Din Al-Hariri basketball tournament after edging Tunisia’s ESS 68-63 Sunday.
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...
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 love.
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...
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...
Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet and she's signed it "Elizabeth R.
Matthew McConaughey enjoying his 'Interstellar' career heights
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.
Driving stakes into a film landscape
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...
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.
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 hosted by Alec Baldwin.
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.
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,...
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 Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
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.
1948 Palestinians risk arrest for Arab Idol
Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition.