A presidential poll will be held in coming days, a Free Patriotic Movement MP said Tuesday, as the decision to hold it drew both support and opposition.
New traffic law reduces accidents, deaths: ISF
Road accidents have dropped considerably in Lebanon since a new traffic law was enforced two months ago, the Directorate General of the Internal Security Forces said in...
UN: At least 1,466 Iraqis killed in June due to violence
The United Nations says at least 1,466 Iraqis were killed by armed conflict in June, more than 40 percent more than in the previous month
Palestinian PM to make 'temporary' cabinet reshuffle
Palestinian leaders have asked prime minister Rami Hamdallah for a 'temporary' cabinet reshuffle, officials said, as in-fighting between political factions further...
Schaeuble says Tsipras government has wreaked havoc in Greece
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble criticized the Greek government for doing nothing but renege on previous commitments since coming to power, saying the...
Cabinet can act with two-thirds majority: Berri
The Cabinet can meet and make decisions as long as two thirds of its 24 members are secured, Speaker Nabih Berri said Tuesday, dispelling fears of disruption by the...
Kaag hails Army’s critical role in security
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag described Tuesday as “critical” the Lebanese Army’s in safeguarding the country’s stability and security, saying the...
Aoun’s poll proposal to fill up time
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun has always been fond of utilizing polls to determine election results, an FPM lawmaker told The Daily Star.
Tunisia begins new deployment to protect tourists: ministry
Tunisia began deploying armed police to protect foreign tourists Wednesday after last week's deadly jihadi attack on a beach resort, the Interior Ministry said.
IAEA chief to visit Iran as nuclear talks extended
Make-or-break nuclear negotiations ramped up a gear Wednesday with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog set to fly to Iran for talks after the deadline to reach a deal...
Abbas removes long-time critic from No. 2 position in PLO
An official says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has fired a long-time critic from the No. 2 job in the Palestinian Liberation Organization in what is seen as his...
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble criticized the Greek government for doing nothing but renege on previous commitments since coming to power, saying the situation had 'worsened dramatically' under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
China bus falls off bridge, killing 7 S. Koreans, 2 Chinese
Chinese state media say a bus carrying a group of South Koreans has fallen off a highway bridge, killing 7 South Koreans, the Chinese driver and a Chinese guide.
Hungary: fence on Serbia border forced step to stop migrants
Hungary's prime minister says the fence his country wants to build on the Serbian border to stem the flow of illegal migrants is a "forced measure" not aimed at its...
Grenade blasts, gunshots heard in Burundi capital ahead of poll results
At least two policemen were injured during a grenade attack in Burundi's capital, witnesses said, as the country awaited results from Monday's parliamentary election...
Syria's Kurds warn Turkey not to intervene militarily
Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is...
Representatives of the Finance Ministry, Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan, Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA) and World Bank celebrated Tuesday the completion of a specialized workshop for small- and medium-sized enterprises in Lebanon.
Central Bank scheme aims to reduce pollution
The Central Bank is working closely with the Environment Ministry and international organizations to promote environmental sustainability in Lebanon, Governor Riad...
Egypt handouts will save money and avert unrest
When Suma Badie’s village in southern Egypt was chosen to pilot a program of cash handouts for the poor, no one else in her household – 33 people, sharing three rooms –...
Gaza entrepreneurs seek to create a tech hub
When Iliana Montauk moved to the Gaza Strip in 2013, what most struck the former Google staffer and Harvard graduate wasn’t the poverty, the rubble from decades of...
Stocks bounce, euro falls on Greek crisis
Stocks on Wall Street rose in choppy trade Tuesday and a global equities gauge ticked up, while the euro remained under pressure as Greece grappled with a looming...
Arab-U.S. bank relations suffering
Some Arab banks are facing difficulties in dealing with U.S. banks despite having fulfilled all international requirements on supervision and compliance, a leading Arab...
Hakim targets HRC to secure farmers aid
Economy Minister Alain Hakim vowed Monday to step up efforts to secure financing aimed at helping farmers to export Lebanon’s agricultural produce by a sea route.
Tourism grows in Lebanon despite issues
Lebanon is experiencing growth in tourism despite the myriad of political problems, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon said Monday.
When Suma Badie’s village in southern Egypt was chosen to pilot a program of cash handouts for the poor, no one else in her household – 33 people, sharing three rooms – thought it was worth signing up.
Iran’s economic boost from deal to come slowly
Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new...
Orange reaches a deal for split with Israel's Partner after spat
French mobile company Orange will retake control of its brand in Israel within two years, it said Tuesday, following a major diplomatic spat.
Attacks, failing Greece talks hit Saudi stocks
With the threat of militant attacks spreading across the Middle East still hanging in the air, a drop in the price of oil after Greek bailout talks collapsed has put...
Stocks on Wall Street rose in choppy trade Tuesday and a global equities gauge ticked up, while the euro remained under pressure as Greece grappled with a looming deadline on a debt payment to the IMF.
Greece falls into IMF arrears
The International Monetary Fund confirmed early Wednesday Greece had not made its 1.5 billion euro loan repayment to the Fund, making it the first advanced economy to...
U.S.-Europe trade pact adds to Switzerland’s pain
Swiss companies are struggling with the effect of the strong franc and stricter immigration rules.
World’s richest people lost $70B Monday
The world’s 400 richest people lost a combined $70 billion Monday as equity markets around the globe were hammered on fears about Greece and declines in China fueled by...
Russia and Ukraine fail to reach final agreement at gas supply talks
Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a final agreement at gas supply talks in Vienna on Tuesday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukraine's Energy and Coal...
While Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam has succeeded in convening a Cabinet session for this Thursday, the topics on the agenda have yet to be agreed upon.
What is behind the recent bombing wave?
The most dangerous and troubling of the terror attacks in the past week in Tunisia Kuwait, France, Egypt and Yemen are probably the Kuwaiti and Egyptian attacks.
International justice makes headway
The recent hurried departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from South Africa, where African Union heads of state were convening, spared him arrest, for now.
Barcelona have reportedly agreed a 64 million pound ($100 million) fee with Juventus for star midfielder Paul Pogba, with the deal set to be rubber-stamped in the summer of 2016.
Shakhtar confirm Douglas Costa transfer to Bayern
Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa has completed his move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Bayern Munich on a 30 million euro transfer deal, the Ukrainian club said
Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among...
Former Cedars player Vroman found dead
Former Lebanese basketball national team player Jackson Vroman was found dead in his California home Monday.
Federer, Nadal, Murray cruise through
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but women’s third seed Simona Halep and 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard...
Martinez joins Atletico Madrid
Porto's highly-rated Colombian striker Jackson Martinez has signed for Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of 35million euros, the Portuguese club announced
Football: Pearson sacked as manager of Leicester
Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester City, the Premier League club announced, blaming 'fundamental differences' for their decision
Argentina hit Paraguay for six to make Copa final
Angel di Maria score twice as Argentina crushed Paraguay 6-1 to book their place in the final of the Copa America against hosts Chile.
NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among the teams looking for a dominant inside force of their own.
US-born Lebanese basketball player found dead
Jackson Vroman, a U.S.-born former NBA player who later joined Lebanon's national basketball team, was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 34.
Lebanon handed tough draw for Asia Championship
Lebanon were drawn in Group D of the FIBA-Asia Championship, which is due to be held September in Changsha, China.The final groupings were determined after the draw for...
T-Wolves take Towns, Bhamara makes history
Teen big man Karl-Anthony Towns was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first pick Thursday in the NBA draft, while Satnam Singh Bhamara made history as the...
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday but women’s third seed Simona Halep and 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard slumped to defeat at a sweltering All England Club.
Umbrellas up at Wimbledon to keep sun off
As is so often the case, the weather was the No. 1 topic of conversation at Wimbledon Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the...
Djokovic, Serena off to winning starts
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time women’s winner Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round Monday as organizers boosted security and weathermen...
Federer, Nadal race through as Wimbledon sweats
Seven-time champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, race into the Wimbledon second round as the tournament sweltered in near record-breaking...
Serena overcomes early wobble to ease through
Serena Williams dusts off a few cobwebs to power into the second round at Wimbledon, surviving an early wobble against Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan to win 6-4...
The Formula E electric car racing series is aiming to expand to Africa and India after a successful debut season in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Rossi tops Marquez to win Dutch MotoGP
Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.
Rossi takes tight duel with Marquez to win Assen MotoGP
Valentino Rossi won a tight duel with reigning world champion Marco Marquez to win Saturday's Motul TT Assen and stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings.
Lorenzo, Rossi ready to rock the Cathedral
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo’s gripping world championship tussle arrives in Assen Saturday for what promises to be a no-holds barred Dutch Grand Prix at the...
Motorcycling: Oliveira storms to Dutch GP Moto3 victory
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal, riding a KTM, stormed to the second Moto3 victory of his career at the Dutch Grand Prix meeting on Saturday.
Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s troubled season continued Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury.
Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France
Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micro managers Team Sky...
Thompson wins 200m at Jamaica nationals
Elaine Thompson celebrated her 23rd birthday by winning the 200-meter at the Jamaican trials Sunday, signaling a possible changing of the guard in Jamaican women’s...
U.S. ready to end 100-meter drought
A strong and hungry group of U.S. sprinters is ready to end a long American drought.
Gatlin makes a statement at age 33
Somehow Justin Gatlin keeps getting faster and faster.
In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hookup, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.
Crowdfunding project aims to bail out Greece
A British shoe-shop employee has raised over 157,000 euros ($175,500) so far through an online crowdfunding project to help Greece meet its International Monetary Fund...
Paris menswear season ends with ode to the ’80s
Paris menswear shows reached a colorful 1980s-infused climax Sunday, the last day in the spring-summer 2016 collections that saw the City of Light glistening in a...
Google’s new self-driving cars cruising US roads
The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to...
Walking the talk
Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say?
Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is the current commander of the International Space Station, has set a new record for most time spent in space, with a total of...
Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building
Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the...
Solar Impulse plane en route to Hawaii from Japan
A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without...
Paris menswear shows reached a colorful 1980s-infused climax Sunday, the last day in the spring-summer 2016 collections that saw the City of Light glistening in a summer heat wave.
Japan startup hopes to deliver man-made meteors
Fancy a meteor shower racing across the night sky to mark your birthday?
Menswear fashion week kicks off in Paris
As the fashion spotlight moved on from Milan – things heated up in Paris menswear, but mainly due to the sweltering weather that left celebrity guests uncomfortable on...
Robert De Niro lights up Armani front row
Is it a provocation or the next big thing?
Ramadaniyat kick off at Masrah al-Madina
For many people in Lebanon, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, charity, forgiveness and other spiritual activities.
Collective photos document urban life
Since 2013, Beirut’s residents and visitors have gotten the chance to get deeply engaged in the city and its various neighborhoods through the medium of documentary...
Sofil unveils menu of epicurean delights
It’s all too often the case that the worst thing about gala and corporate dinners is, in fact, the dinner.
VANINA: using fashion as a tool for change
To mark eight years since childhood friends Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek found themselves creating their own fashion brand at age 19, VANINA hosted an open-door...
The future is here already – or at least the one imagined for Marty McFly – with a carmaker unveiling a real, working hoverboard, like that used in the “Back To The Future” film franchise.
Keep your beloved animal friends safe on the road
A great many pet owners suffer from the same affliction: They treat the animals as they would people and, as a result, the pets begin to exhibit undesirable traits that...
In pursuit of perfection, Mazda CX5 nails it
The first time I came face to face with a Mazda CX5 a few years ago, my initial response was, “Wow!”
GM to test Cisco technology for road safety
General Motors Co. plans to begin testing new Cisco Systems Inc. technology that could allow “talking” cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi...
New Chevy Cruze gets bigger and roomier
Five years ago, General Motors revealed an all-new compact car in the U.S. that was designed to enter a market that GM ignored for decades.
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced Tuesday, placing his bets on medium-sized “boutique” ships.
Low-cost airlines boost green travel to Azores
No longer a pipe dream for nature lovers on a budget, travel to the Azores’ lush forests, lakes, volcanic craters and whale-watching spots has been given a major boost...
Hawaiian town deals with downside of No.1 ranking
Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S....
Essentials: NYC from classics to new attractions
If you haven’t visited New York City recently, you’ve got some catching up to do, from the observatory at One World Trade, to the new Whitney Museum, to happening...
Green-minded Paris Air Show takes off
The world's leading air show opened Monday near the French capital with a special focus on green issues alongside the traditional sales war between Airbus and Boeing.
Virtual reality is making inroads into group-fitness classes and personal-training sessions and promises to get more immersive as the technology advances, according to fitness experts.
Why do more women than men have Alzheimer’s?
Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to...
Fast-food style vanilla-mint shake
I’m ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I’ve always had a soft spot for McDonald’s shakes.
Get it right when trying to get it al dente
What’s the one ingredient you should always have in your cupboard? Dried pasta, of course. It’s the base of a zillion easy-to-make weeknight meals and the friendly...
The thin line between price and taste
Last month a group of Vox.com colleagues undertook a blind tasting involving three different bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon at three different price points: $43, $14 and...
Hollywood A-list power couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced the end of their 10-year marriage Tuesday, ending months of rumors
Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering
Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as...
Sam Smith singing again after surgery
Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star...
Aboriginal experience inspires artist decades on
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line – from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometers along China’s Great Wall, to...
Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults
A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after his comments...
Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s TV show 'The Avengers', dead at 93
Patrick Macnee, the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at the age of 93 at his home in California, his son said on the...
'Bend It Like Beckham' stage musical scores big in London
"Bend It Like Beckham" has scored with critics in London.
Joni Mitchell loses speech after aneurysm: Crosby
Folk legend Joni Mitchell lost her ability to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm, fellow artist and former boyfriend David Crosby said.
Billie Joe Armstrong, Norah Jones perform rare show
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and singer Norah Jones appeared in a rare concert together Wednesday night, playing songs they recorded for an album two years...
Rap mogul Diddy arrested in Los Angeles
U.S. rap mogul Diddy was arrested in Los Angeles Monday for assault with a deadly weapon – in this case, a kettlebell.
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line – from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometers along China’s Great Wall, to having a loaded gun pointed at her head.
Bearing witness to the chaos of Syria
At first glance onlookers may feel overwhelmed by “Untitled,” the solo exhibition of recent acrylics by Syrian painter Asma Fayoumi, now up at Ayyam Gallery.
‘Amy’ biopic gives organic picture of Winehouse
Asif Kapadia’s much-anticipated documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse hits cinemas this week amid a dispute between its makers and her father, who has...
How to make something out of nothing
The Latin term “ex nihilo” (out of nothing) often appears in conjunction with creativity.
Alamo, Champagne vineyards vie for UNESCO title
The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France’s beloved Champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting,...
“I’m old but I’m not obsolete,” Arnold Schwarzenegger says of his return as the fearsome cyborg from the future in his new movie “Terminator Genisys,” opening worldwide this week.
‘Magic Mike’ teaches star about marriage
Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about...
Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe
Mexico's national beauty pageant director confirms the country won't send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an...
NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired; Televisa drops pageant
NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants...
'Jurassic World' still king of N. America box office
The dinosaurs of 'Jurassic World' stayed atop the cinematic food chain this weekend, snapping up another $54.5 million to keep Pixar's 'Inside Out' in second place at...