French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday more work needed to be done to reach a deal on Iran's contested nuclear programme as a deadline at the end of March looms over the talks.
Militants attack oil field in central Libya, kill 8
Libya's state-run oil company says militants have attacked an oil field, killing eight guards before setting it ablaze
Salam takes tough line with Cabinet
Prime Minister Tammam Salam was firm Thursday, telling ministers that he would no longer allow them to obstruct the Cabinet’s work, as the body resumed sessions after...
Kahwagi: Army not a tool for political gain
Army Commander Jean Kahwagi said Thursday that the military does not engage in political games, stressing that his actions are not related to any personal interests or...
France's Hollande presses Luxembourg on tax avoidance
French President Francois Hollande urged Luxembourg on Friday to "go as far as possible" in tackling tax avoidance in the wake of the Luxleaks scandal.
Egyptian strikes kill 25 militants in two days
Egyptian military airstrikes have killed 25 Islamist militants in Northern Sinai over the last two days, security sources say, targeting an insurgency that seeks to...
Minister criticizes Erdogan for 'threatening' central bank
Turkey's deputy prime minister spoke out against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying it was 'not right' for the country's leader to 'threaten' the central bank
Reporters group slams Morocco for suppressing media
Reporters Without Borders condemns the suppression of media freedoms in Morocco, saying journalists are under pressure to avoid 'sensitive' subjects
Prime Minister Tammam Salam was firm Thursday, telling ministers that he would no longer allow them to obstruct the Cabinet’s work, as the body resumed sessions after three weeks of paralysis.
Authorities arrest ‘Syrian ISIS commander’
Lebanese authorities Thursday arrested a Syrian ISIS commander who took part in clashes with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern towns of Arsal and Ras Baalbek, the...
Health Ministry reactivates contract with Hotel Dieu
Lebanon’s Health Ministry reactivated its contract with Hotel Dieu Hospital Friday, two weeks after it was suspended when the hospital refused to accept a patient with...
Sisi invites Salam to Arab League summit in Egypt
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has formally invited Prime Minister Tammam Salam to attend the annual Arab League summit which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh...
Russia, Germany urge OSCE to double Ukraine observers to 1,000
Russia and Germany on Friday urged the OSCE, which is charged with monitoring a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, to double the number of observers in the country to 1,000,...
Canada gunman's attack spurred by military action
The gunman who shot dead a soldier in Canada's capital and then stormed Parliament last year said he was protesting against Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan...
Obama says Ferguson police racism not isolated
US President Barack Obama says he believes deep racism unearthed in Ferguson, Missouri's police department is not common but could exist elsewhere in the country
US envoy attacker charged with attempted murder
South Korean police charge the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador with attempted murder, while investigating his possible links with North Korea
Bank loans are the primary reason for the economic growth in Lebanon amid a sharp drop in foreign direct investments and unchanged capital inflow, the president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon said Thursday.
Private sector activity at a five-month low
Private sector activity contracted to its lowest level in five months during February, according to the BLOM Lebanon Purchasing Managers’ Index which was released...
Gulf arms race fuels UAE defense industry
Soaring Middle Eastern arms budgets are spurring the United Arab Emirates to build a home-grown defense industry capable of meeting more of its own military needs while...
Emirates chief to battle subsidy charges in D.C.
Emirates President Tim Clark said he’d travel to Washington this month to defend his airline against allegations from U.S. carriers that Gulf operators receive...
ECB raises growth forecasts
The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next.
Developers shift from offices to housing
An overall economic slowdown has prompted real estate developers to shy away from retail and commercial projects, industry experts said, noting that the residential...
Gasoline prices in Lebanon on the rise
Fuel prices continued to increase across Lebanon, a statement released Wednesday by the Water and Energy Ministry showed.
Soaring Middle Eastern arms budgets are spurring the United Arab Emirates to build a home-grown defense industry capable of meeting more of its own military needs while exporting weapons to markets spanning Tunisia to India.
Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal
Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt’s Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project...
Egypt Cabinet approves investment law
Egypt’s Cabinet approved a long-awaited draft law on investment Wednesday aimed at making deals less vulnerable to legal disputes or changes in government, and reducing...
Oil plunge slows Gulf deposit growth
Low oil prices are slowing or reversing deposit growth at Gulf Arab banks, but not enough to cause the liquidity squeeze that bankers fear.
BP unveils $12B investment in Egypt gas fields
British energy giant BP said Friday it would invest $12 billion (11 billion euros) in gas fields in Egypt together with Russian-owned partner DEA, calling it a 'vote of...
China veers toward higher spending, low growth
China plans to run its biggest budget deficit in 2015 since the global financial crisis, stepping up spending as premier Li Keqiang signaled that the lowest rate of...
Euro hits 11 1/2-year low, bonds rise
The euro fell to an 11 1/2-year low against the dollar as U.S. and eurozone bond prices rose Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro...
Bank of Beirut's UK arm fined US$3.2M
The British subsidiary of Bank of Beirut has been fined $3.2 million and barred from signing up new customers from some jurisdictions for 126 days after misleading the...
Vapid U.N. “peacemaking” efforts in Syria have ground to a virtual halt, despite the periodic talks, statements and visits by those involved.
Cabinet back on course
Lebanon’s Cabinet appears poised to turn the corner after months of internal bickering produced a state of paralysis.
Netanyahu created a zero-sum game with the U.S.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday.
On Iran, Arabs deeply mistrust Obama
What was striking in Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday was how the Israeli prime minister exploited the Obama...
Look for fingerprints of life on other planets
The recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist – something we did not know only five years...
Netanyahu’s empty words
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial and long-anticipated speech to Congress Tuesday contained all of the predictable generalizations and sweeping...
Denying Israel atrocities
John Kerry offered the usual type of spirited defense of Israeli behavior Monday, when he addressed the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.
Repercussions of a nuke deal
Until further notice the end of the month looks likely to see an agreement between Western powers and Iran on its nuclear program, judging by the most recent comments...
Much more is needed to overwhelm ISIS
The intense debate taking place across the world in recent months about the precise nature of and motivating forces behind ISIS is impressive and useful, but still...
With Egypt, realpolitik over idealism is right
The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.
An obnoxious Netanyahu divides America
The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. Congress next week has generated intense reactions from Israelis and Americans...
The recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist – something we did not know only five years ago.
Has the Coptic pope groveled too much?
On Christmas Eve on Jan. 6, 2015, when Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president to attend a church on the Coptic holy day, the congregation erupted in...
What Netanyahu’s betrayal revealed
Why did he do it? What possessed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to accept an invitation from the Republicans in the U.S. Congress to come and attack...
Why Turkish pipeline project may harm Putin
Russia watchers are rightly focusing on the latest brittle cease-fire in Ukraine, seeking to discern President Vladimir Putin’s intentions there.
Is electrically boosting mental functions safe?
Transcranial electrical stimulation, or “brain zapping” as it is often (erroneously) described, is garnering a fair amount of attention, both from academics and media.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter asks Iran to end its ban on women watching football matches, describing the situation as intolerable
Arsenal in familiar territory, leading the chase
With 10 games of the Premier League season remaining Arsenal find themselves in familiar territory. On the down side they are too far back for a serious title push and...
What’s new in the Formula One paddock for 2015
Formula One starts a new season in Australia on March 15 with a number of changes to the rules and regulations, as well as new faces in the paddock.
Wozniacki survives first round in Malaysia
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki atoned for a first-round exit last year by cruising past China’s Wang Yafan Tuesday at the WTA Malaysian Open.
Young rescues United, Chelsea win
Ashley Young bolstered Manchester United’s bid for a Premier League top-four place with an 89th-minute winner at Newcastle United Wednesday, while leaders Chelsea...
Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain is poised to retain his position as head of Asian football for another four years after no one decided to oppose him at...
Neymar, Suarez goals lead Barca to Copa final
Barcelona eased into their fourth Copa del Rey final in five years as they completed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal with a 3-1 win at El Madrigal Wednesday.
F1 Champion Hamilton seeks greater dominance
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping his Mercedes team will be even more dominant this season even if he also wants rivals to give him more of a challenge.
Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team...
Michael Schumacher’s son to drive in Formula 4
Michael Schumacher’s 15-year-old son Mick has outgrown kart racing and is moving up to Formula 4, a series for young talents.
Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win
Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months Sunday, beating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 to win the Argentina Open.
Japan’s Nishikori soars to world No. 4
Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday’s new world rankings, equaling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country’s highest-ranked tennis player.
Federer, Djokovic to meet in Dubai final
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-0 5-7 6-4 at the Dubai Championships Friday to set up a dream final with Roger Federer.
Murray suffers shock defeat to lucky loser
Andy Murray, the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has this week risen to world No. 3, suffered one of the most remarkable defeats of his career when he was...
Sagesse cruised to a comfortable 82-54 victory against Hoops at Ghazir Thursday in round one of the group stage of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Arakji buzzer-beater rescues Riyadi
Wael Arakji scored a controversial buzzer-beating layup Wednesday night to lead league-leaders Riyadi over Homenetmen 100-99 at Manara in round one of the group stage.
Rampant Hawks steamroll over Harden-less Rockets
Atlanta showed why they are top of the NBA standings by coming from 18 points down to beat Houston 104-96 Tuesday, with Jeff Teague’s 25 points leading the Hawks to a...
Sagesse, Riyadi file appeals against league bans
Sagesse and Riyadi filed respective appeals Tuesday to protest the decision of Lebanese basketball’s governing body to ban American scorer Terrell Stoglin for three...
Heat beat Suns 115-98 as tensions soar
Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team as the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 Monday in a game that...
Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swim champion who agreed not to compete at this year’s World Championships, could be reinstated for the meet by USA Swimming, ESPN reported Tuesday.
Australia crush Afghanistan with record score
Australia flexed their batting muscles to rack up the highest ever World Cup total as they crushed Afghanistan by a tournament record margin to revive their stuttering...
High-scoring South Africa thump Ireland
South Africa put one foot in the World Cup quarterfinals by batting past the 400-run mark for the second successive match to hand Ireland a thumping defeat by 201 runs...
Pacquiao down to work for ‘fight of my life’
Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather “the fight of my life” as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in LA.
Watson critics crank up heat after false start
Australians might have been stunned by the collapse of their much-vaunted batting lineup in the face of brilliant New Zealand bowling at the weekend but the fall of one...
Tucked away in a Gemmayzeh side street, an old building played host to a silent wedding last week. Potted plants dotted the ground as lifeless brides and grooms dangled from the ceiling, but love filled the room.
Caritas Ashrafieh opens arts & crafts fair
The Ashrafieh Branch of Caritas Lebanon launched its three-day annual arts and crafts fair Wednesday at the Beirut district’s landmark Hotel Alexandre.
When in Paris: Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week
Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain's show Thursday, showing off newly platinum locks.
Snoop drips it like it’s hot at Etam Paris show
Snoop Dogg raised the pulse at Paris Fashion Week with a surprise concert and DJ set at Etam’s bikini-themed lingerie pool collection that went on into the early hours...
3 reasons Apple's watch will or won't change the game
No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives.
Exode: Not your average art gallery
Exode, located just up the road from Gemmayzeh, is not your typical art gallery.
Start living right, with the help of an app
We all have that little voice in the back of our heads that tries to make us do the right thing – eat more fruit and veg, take the stairs and not the lift.
Mini Studio children’s theater opens in Beirut
Famous kids TV show “Mini Studio Club” and the Monroe Hotel have joined forces to set up the first theater in Beirut dedicated to children.
Afghans ‘war rugs’ reflect bloody decades
More than three decades of war have damaged Afghanistan’s once-thriving carpet industry, but weavers are tapping into the bloody past to boost their fortunes with “war...
Ciao Milan, bonjour Paris Fashion Week
Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris!
Rare ‘alien of the deep’ goblin shark found
A rare sea creature described as an “alien of the deep” has been found off Australia and delivered to a museum which Tuesday showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like...
NASA craft in visit to dwarf planet Ceres
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration.
Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year.
Small SUVs, sports cars rule at Geneva
Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things this year at the Geneva International Motor Show this year.
Apple car rumors fuel Geneva debate
The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car.
Koenigsegg is Swedish for “crazy.” OK, really it’s the maker of an especially exotic line of hyperfast track cars. But it feels like there should be a blanket Scandanavian term for many of the new cars this week at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new Ferrari 488 GTB is the most beautiful car
In Geneva Tuesday, Ferrari launched the first turbocharged car it has made in decades: the 488 GTB.
Mercedes CLA: Grandeur never looked so luscious
One thing you can always count on in the automobile industry is that car models will keep getting bigger and more upscale with every subsequent generation.
Nimble 2-Series injects fun back in BMW
If I’ve learned anything since we first introduced The Daily Star’s automotive fixtures several months ago, it’s that test-driving new cars would be impossible without...
Taxes price Lebanese out of life’s pleasures
Whenever I plan on test-driving a car, I always prepare ahead of time in order to know what to look for. Usually this involves reading up on the car online, checking...
The perception of Maui as a destination for the rich is only partially true. Flights and hotels can be pricy. The only down season is for about two weeks at the start of December.
Taj Mahal’s secret legend
It is no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved queen who died giving birth to their 14th...
It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines...
Dominica adventure, Barbados relaxation
“Are you sure this is the right way?” I asked, my leg flailing to find another crevice in the tree knots below me. Luca, my husband, responded with a grunt – not very...
Take a trek up St. Patrick’s mountain
Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the lush countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding.
Germany is experiencing a red explosion, possibly attributable to climate change, with the result that riesling is no longer the only grape.
Pressure cooking is safe and easy
It’s one of the most pervasive of culinary cliches – the exploding pressure cooker. And thanks to it, all manner of otherwise adept home cooks fearfully retreat from...
UN: World eating too much sugar
Put down the donut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup. New guidelines from the WHO says the world is eating too much sugar.
Penis size: Research provides the long and short of it
What is an 'average' size for a penis?
Winter begs for a hearty stew
A brimming pot of hearty stew is a gift in so many ways during the gray, bone-chilling days of winter.
Thick metal disks fly through the air, landing with a plunk in a pool of wet clay. Splatters of liquid radiate out from the point of impact like shrapnel from an incoming shell.
Pioneering Syrian actor Omar Hajjo passes away
Renowned Syrian actor Omar Hajjo died in Damascus Wednesday morning of a heart attack, according to a report from SANA.
Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles
Actor Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday in the crash of a small airplane on a Los Angeles golf course, celebrity website TMZ reported.
Oprah Winfrey prevails in 'Own Your Power' lawsuit
Oprah Winfrey has prevailed in a trademark lawsuit challenging her use of the phrase "Own Your Power" in her namesake magazine, on TV, on websites and in social media...
Tribeca Festival blends films, live performances in varied slate
From a crime drama starring actress Glenn Close to an Arnold Schwarzenegger film about a deadly zombie epidemic to an expose of the financial crisis, the Tribeca Film...
Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went wrong
With Syria’s civil war spilling across its borders and ISIS militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it’s little wonder Syrian films have had...
Dubai launches first 3-D pavement art festival
The Middle East’s first three-dimensional pavement art festival, featuring works by international artists that appear to rise from the ground, kicked off this week in...
Swedish museum uses Romanian beggars as props
By putting two Romanian beggars on display in their latest show, Swedish artists meant to raise questions about global inequality. Instead they find themselves accused...
Madonna: Working out saved me from injuries after fall
Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna: The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn't suffer much after falling during her performance...
Queen Elizabeth strips entertainer Rolf Harris of honor
Britain's Queen Elizabeth has stripped veteran entertainer Rolf Harris of an honor she bestowed on him in 2006, basing the move on his conviction for child sex crimes...
Brother of socialite Paris Hilton to plead guilty to assault
The brother of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton will plead guilty to an assault charge for threatening flight attendants on a Los Angeles-bound flight out of London...
From a crime drama starring actress Glenn Close to an Arnold Schwarzenegger film about a deadly zombie epidemic to an expose of the financial crisis, the Tribeca Film Festival unveiled a varied slate of movies on Thursday.
Cate Blanchett on evil and kindness in Cinderella
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character – Cinderella’s evil...
With Syria's civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies...
Cate Blanchett on being evil in 'Cinderella'
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character - Cinderella's evil...
Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentary projects
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high-profile name to partner with Netflix Inc, as he and his production company Appian Way will produce a documentary and a series...
Paul McCartney is extending a world tour with nine dates in Europe, including an emotional return to the Beatles' native Liverpool and a headline appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival.
Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita to release debut album
Austria's bearded drag queen sensation Conchita Wurst, winner of last year's Eurovision Song Contest, said Thursday that her debut album would be released on May 13.
'Australian Idol' winner to compete in Eurovision
Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian was Thursday unveiled as the nation's wildcard entry into the Eurovision song contest, prompting both excitement and...
Rapper Big Sean beats Kid Rock to top of Billboard 200 chart
Rapper Big Sean topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, beating out rocker Kid Rock.
Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Gaye music for hit song
Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit...