National dialogue among rival leaders offers “a glimmer of hope” for the country to overcome its chronic political crisis, Speaker Nabih Berri said Monday.
Breast cancer awareness month begins, offers hope
Lebanese journalist and breast cancer survivor Liliane Andraos was once afraid of how she would adapt to life with the illness.
Palestinians call for ‘Day of Rage’
Palestinians called for a “Day of Rage” Tuesday, a day after three alleged Palestinian assailants were shot dead by Israeli police in Jerusalem.
Libya rivals reject U.N.-proposed peace deal
Libya’s rival parliament and government have rejected a U.N.-proposed peace deal installing a national unity government, with one lawmaker saying Monday it would deepen...
Vanuatu in political chaos after lawmakers pardon themselves
The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu found itself in political chaos Tuesday following an extraordinary few days in which 14 lawmakers were found guilty of...
Nusra member Mutaweh arrested in Arsal
The Lebanese Army arrested a Nusra Front member in the northeastern town of Arsal, a senior military official told The Daily Star.
Judge frees six protesters, keeps five in custody
The Military Tribunal Monday ordered the release of six protesters who were accused of vandalism and assaulting policemen during an anti-government demonstration last...
Hezbollah, Amal to specify Bekaa landfill
Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb is waiting for Hezbollah and Amal to specify a location in the northern Bekaa that could be used as a sanitary landfill, he told The...
Saudi Arabia to triple number of umrah visas
Saudi Arabia plans to triple the number of visas it issues for the umrah pilgrimage, newspapers reported Monday, more than two weeks after a deadly hajj stampede.
France strikes may have killed French extremists
French airstrikes in Syria may have killed French Islamist extremists, a source close to Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday, although the Defense Ministry said the...
Two 'stray' rockets from Syria hit Golan: Israel
Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Tuesday, Israel's military said, the latest of a growing number of missiles to land...
The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu found itself in political chaos Tuesday following an extraordinary few days in which 14 lawmakers were found guilty of corruption but were then pardoned by one of their own while the president was abroad.
China professor in U.S. spy case accuses U.S. of discrimination
A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage said Chinese scholars and engineers in the United States face discrimination and "absurd"...
Philippines dismisses reports MH370 wreckage found on remote island
Philippine authorities insisted Tuesday a Malaysian Airlines jet that went missing last year had not crashed onto a remote Filipino island, after a man's claims that...
Indian police arrest suspect in four-year-old's rape
Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested the main suspect in a horrific attack on a four-year-old girl who was raped and slashed with a blade before being...
New Zealand man guilty of trying to fight in Syria: Australian court
A New Zealand man could spend up to three decades behind bars after he was found guilty by an Australian court Tuesday of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight...
Fransabank launched an initiative Monday to encourage Chinese tourists to visit Lebanon.
Protests, lack of tourists force hotel closure
The anti-government protests in Downtown Beirut and the sharp decline in the number of tourists are forcing the closure of Markazia hotel permanently at the end of this...
Oil traders targeting Iran for $1B in fuel sales
Iran will need to import about 20 percent more gasoline to meet pent-up demand in the first year after economic sanctions are lifted, creating a market for some $1...
Mideast needs grants for refugee crisis: Lebanon
The Middle East needs grants, not loans, to deal with the millions of refugees who have fled conflicts in the region, a senior Lebanese official said Sunday.
Dell buying EMC in deal valued at $67B
Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, a move that will transform the PC company into a major player in the data storage...
Profits of Lebanese banks’ Syrian affiliates rise
Financial results issued by the affiliates of seven Lebanese banks operating in Syria show their aggregate net profits reached SYP24.5 billion ($1,112,818,992) in the...
Tycoon fields lawyers to disprove US charges
A prominent Lebanese businessman Friday vehemently denied U.S. allegations that he was involved in money-laundering activity and said that he appointed lawyers to...
Hakim seeks investment from Belgium
Lebanon needs investment to contribute to the development of its infrastructure as well as its information technology and waste management sectors, said Economy and...
Iran will need to import about 20 percent more gasoline to meet pent-up demand in the first year after economic sanctions are lifted, creating a market for some $1 billion in fuel sales from abroad, according to traders and analysts.
Wealth funds raid coffers to offset oil
From Oslo to Doha, Riyadh to Moscow, governments that rode crude’s historic rise to unprecedented wealth are now being forced to start repatriating their rainy-day...
Israel claims oil discovery in Golan Heights
An Israeli newspaper claimed Thursday that a U.S. firm has discovered major oil reserves in the occupied Golan Heights.
Egypt’s $35B housing scheme: Dreams to reality
When Abu Dhabi-run contractor Arabtec signed a deal with the Egyptian government for a high-profile housing project it was seen as a sign of the Gulf Arab state’s...
Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, a move that will transform the PC company into a major player in the data storage market.
Angus Deaton wins Nobel Economics Prize
Angus Deaton of Britain and the United States won the Nobel Economics Prize Monday for his work on consumption, poverty and welfare, the jury said.
Russians leaving London as prices sag
Russian expansionism is going into reverse, at least on the London stock market.
Greece prepares bill ahead of bailout review
The Greek parliament will vote this week on an omnibus bill cutting pensions, raising the retirement age and increasing punishments for tax evasion ahead of the...
Global tax deal aims to raise $250bn
The world’s leading finance ministers agreed new rules for taxing profits Friday, warning multinational companies they can no longer use their size and international...
Saudi Arabia is not known for spontaneous rebukes or rash actions, so when the kingdom that reflects the sentiments of most of the world’s Muslims and Arabs warns that there will be grave consequences to Russia’s actions in Syria, this is a sign Riyadh has exhausted all other avenues in resolving this situation.
Banking on amnesia
A quarter of a century ago Gen. Michel Aoun declared he would not leave the “people’s palace” in Baabda, promising to fight until he was buried there.
Big Oil, like Big Tobacco, lived a Big Lie
Over the last few years, a growing number of people have been taking a hard look at what is happening to our planet – historic droughts, rising sea levels, massive...
Practical ways exist to reinforce the R2P
Ten years ago, world leaders agreed that the international community had a “responsibility to protect” populations from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes...
The age of the young warriors is upon us
Well, well, so it has now come to this in the Arab-Asian-Islamic realm: Americans bomb hospitals in northern Afghanistan by mistake.
The right to protest is a prerogative enshrined in the constitution of any true democracy, and Lebanon is blessed to count itself among states whose citizens enjoy such...
Delusions of victory
History has shown that armies that involve themselves in the internal conflicts of other countries more often than not end up caught in a quagmire from which they can’t...
Drums of sectarianism
Someone had better remind Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that the people of Lebanon and the Middle East do not suffer from amnesia.
Over the last few years, a growing number of people have been taking a hard look at what is happening to our planet – historic droughts, rising sea levels, massive floods – and acknowledging, finally, that human activity is propelling rapid climate change.
Obama’s passivity in Syria is criminal
Responding to reporters’ questions on Oct. 2, President Barack Obama made clear the inadmissibility in Syria of any U.S. cooperation with “a Russian campaign to simply...
Check Pakistan’s military, or expect the worst
Recent setbacks in Afghanistan--from the fall of Kunduz to the errant U.S. bombing of a hospital in that city – once again raise a question.
Even at 70, the United Nations remains necessary
As world leaders gathered recently at the United Nations in New York to ratify the new Sustainable Development Goals and commemorate the U.N.’s 70th anniversary, for...
Arabs see Putin’s version of soft power
Last week, President Barack Obama cast doubt on the Russian intervention in Syria.
Quietly, diplomacy is moving forward in AfPak
Last weekend’s deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the...
Why Arab violence spiked this week
Nobody should be surprised that the two oldest and most virulent sources of political tension and nationalist resistance across the Arab world have both spiked in the...
The world of Qatari women can define our future
The Arab states of the Gulf remain some of the most novel and fascinating developmental experiences anywhere in the world.
Lebanon’s World Cup campaign reaches a definitive stage Tuesday, when the Cedars face familiar foes Kuwait needing a win to keep alive hopes of qualification.
Depleted Argentina, Brazil look to recover
Brazil and Argentina will try to kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaigns Tuesday after opening losses but withdrawals have hit two teams already suffering...
Sagesse win case against former star Khazzouh
Sagesse Wednesday won their case against former star center Julian Khazzouh at the BAT, after the Lebanese-Australian player abruptly left the club last season just two...
China win Asia title, qualify for Olympics
China’s men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late Saturday to secure a...
Khan sees 75 pct chance of Pacquiao fight
Amir Khan said Saturday he believes that there is a “75 percent” chance a big money fight with Manny Pacquiao will go ahead.
Dark days for Dutch as Euro hopes slump
The Netherlands, who were within a penalty shootout victory of reaching the 2014 World Cup final, now stand on the brink of missing the European Championships for the...
Patience is needed to build Liverpool’s ‘brand’
Developing a recognizable brand of football this season is the only target that Liverpool’s owners have set new manager Juergen Klopp, the German told Bild over the...
Russia through to Euros, Sweden face playoffs
MOSCOW, Russia booked their place in the Euro 2016 finals with a 2-0 victory over Montenegro at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow Monday while Sweden will enter the playoffs...
Sagesse Wednesday won their case against former star center Julian Khazzouh at the BAT, after the Lebanese-Australian player abruptly left the club last season just two days before the start of the league playoffs.
Valiant Cedars bow out after Philippines loss
Lebanon bowed out of the Asian Championship Thursday after losing at the hands of the Philippines 82-70 in the quarterfinals. The Cedars.
Philippines knock Lebanon out of Asian Championship
Lebanon bowed out from the Asian Championship after losing at the hands of the Philippines 70-82 Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Lebanon bullish ahead of Philippines faceoff
Hoping for a return to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, Lebanon Thursday face 2013 runners-up Philippines in the quarterfinal stage of the FIBA ASIA...
Presidents Cup gets kiss of life
Jaded after a decade of U.S. dominance, the Presidents Cup arrived in South Korea needing a competitive week to regain its relevance and fire up a team that had begun...
Internationals storm back into Presidents Cup
The Internationals produced a stirring fightback on day two of the Presidents Cup, cutting the United States’ lead to a single point, with South Korean Bae Sang-moon...
Holmes and Watson open Presidents Cup US defense
Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes will lead the U.S. defense of the Presidents Cup against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when the 11th edition begins Thursday for the...
Mickelso intangibles too tough to overlook: Haas
It has been a sub-par year by Phil Mickelson’s own lofty standards, and some eyebrows were raised when he was selected for the Presidents Cup, but for U.S. skipper Jay...
Novak Djokovic flew to the Shanghai Masters Monday just hours after lifting his eighth trophy of the year in Beijing – and few look capable of stopping him grab title number nine this week.
Djokovic humbles Nadal to extend Beijing dynasty
Novak Djokovic crushed his age-old rival Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to seal his sixth China Open title and extend his amazing unbeaten run at the Beijing tournament.
Sky’s the limit for Muguruza after China
Garbine Muguruza smashed Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets to claim the biggest title of her career in Beijing Sunday – and immediately set her sights on winning the...
Wawrinka wins Japan Open title, beats Paire in final
Switzerland's French Open champion Stan Wawrinka captured his fourth title this year when he beat his good friend Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Japan Open...
Djokovic blows away Isner in 52 minutes
Novak Djokovic’s China Open charge showed no sign of slowing as he destroyed towering American No. 1 John Isner 6-2, 6-2 to reach the semifinals in a lightning 52...
Lewis Hamilton is taking nothing for granted as all around him predict he will be celebrating his third drivers’ world title success on his favored American soil later this month.
Red Bull may quit F1, designer Newey says
Adrian Newey has accused Red Bull’s rivals of being afraid to supply them with engines for 2016 and warned there was a real risk of the four-time world champions...
Hamilton wins dramatic Russian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton won a dramatic Russian Formula One Grand Prix Sunday to take a huge step toward his third world championship after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg retired...
Pedrosa wins Japan Grand Prix, Rossi second
Dani Pedrosa came from behind to grab his first win of the season in stunning fashion at the Japan Grand Prix Sunday, while championship leader Valentino Rossi finished...
Pirelli to supply F1 tires till at least 2019
Pirelli will stay as Formula One’s tire supplier until at least 2019, the Italian company said at the Russian Grand Prix Sunday.
Many people know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Iraqi girls and drama therapy break new ground
Haneen, who has spent most of her life in orphanages, says she used to stay weeks locked up in herself, aimlessly eating, watching TV and sleeping through each day.
Del Toro infuses Crimson Peak with gothic style
Haunted house movies are a Hollywood trope.
Selena Gomez reveals secret lupus chemotherapy
Teen television star turned singer Selena Gomez has revealed that she has lupus and secretly underwent chemotherapy to treat the disease.
Bill Cosby deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit expected Friday
Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but...
Frankfurt book fair opens in controversy
The world’s biggest book fair opens Wednesday under a cloud of controversy with Iran calling on all Muslim nations to boycott the exhibition because author Salman...
Tokyo fashion: superior street style lost in transaction
Tokyo fashion week opened Monday with a show by a U.S. designer, an arrangement observers say underlines the absence of local labels on the world stage despite Japan's...
Iranian, Kazakh films win award at Busan festival
Two productions which paint vastly different portraits of modern existence have taken home the major award at Asia’s most prestigious film festival, with judges...
Penelope Cruz to direct documentary on leukaemi
Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, who plays a woman fighting breast cancer in her latest film “Ma Ma,” said Thursday that she would direct a documentary on childhood...
Americans destroy others: Depardieu
Gerard Depardieu played a Frenchman desperate to do anything to live in America in the 1990 movie “Green Card,” but in a new interview, he shows little love for the U.S.
Craig: Rather slit wrists than play Bond again
Daniel Craig, the British actor who later this month will be appearing as James Bond for the fourth time in “Spectre,” has told an interviewer he would rather slit his...
Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but little was known about when or where the deposition would take place.
Model sues Bill Cosby over alleged 2008 sexual assault
A model who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 sued the comedian Tuesday for sexual assault
Cosby seeking defense lawyer for Pennsylvania criminal probe
Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.
It can’t be easy to be the kid sister of the King of Pop, but Janet Jackson pulled it off in the 1980s as she became a music legend in her own right.
Grateful Dead, John Mayer giving away 10K tickets to NY show
Members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer are giving away 10,000 free tickets to their concert next month
Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein turns 90
Newport Jazz Festival Founder George Wein was singing the blues just hours before turning 90 on Saturday.
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band
Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again
Pope Francis to release pop-rock album on Nov. 27
Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.
Corsica, France’s lush and feisty Mediterranean “isle of beauty,” as it’s known, has another nickname, the “scented isle” for its dense fragrant shrubs.
Tokyo fashion: Street style lost in transaction
Tokyo Fashion Week opened Monday with a show by a U.S. designer, an arrangement observers say underlines the absence of local labels on the world stage despite the...
Google to get news to smartphones faster
Google laid out a plan Wednesday to make tapping into news on mobile devices faster, keeping eyeballs on stories and people visiting websites.
Austria launches language app for migrant children
Austria's government, under pressure from the far-right over the migrant crisis, announced Thursday a new app for smartphones and tablets to help foreign children learn...
Vintners upbeat on sector’s prospects
Though the crowds were noticeably thinned by the rain, wine producers and industry representatives at Vinifest, Lebanon’s foremost wine event which kicked off...
Kanye raps ‘straight designer discrimination’
Rapper Kanye West, whose growing presence in the fashion world has drawn mixed reaction, says he faces discrimination for being straight.
Louis Vuitton goes ‘Mad Max’ chic in Paris
If Mad Max’s female companions ever go shopping in their dystopian desert future-world, Louis Vuitton just might have an outfit to suit.
Tax hike on Greek drink threatens town’s future
At Statiris Tavern, the patrons’ faces are hardened from a life of hard work – truck drivers, builders and farmers who’ve just ended their grueling grape harvest.
'Harry Potter' e-books come to life in new Apple edition
You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life
Twitter simplifies grabbing onto hot ‘Moments’
Twitter made it easier Tuesday to seize hot tweets and high-profile posts from the flood of real-time commentary at the one-to-many messaging service.
DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize
Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new...
Though the crowds were noticeably thinned by the rain, wine producers and industry representatives at Vinifest, Lebanon’s foremost wine event which kicked off Wednesday, were uniformly optimistic about the prospects of the sector, both at home and abroad.
Time to start thinking about a coat
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Curli-Q cakes make customers swoon
Upbeat rock music and colorful light beams animated Sourati Street in Hamra for the official opening of Curli-Q, a specialty cake shop and café.
A gourmet experience to tickle your senses
The aroma of the spices was enough to arouse an appetite in nearly everyone at the dinner table.
Zaitunay Bay hosts eid fashion and art fair
The Zaitunay Bay boardwalk was lined with more than 50 kiosks featuring handmade jewelry, clothes and home accessories, as part of Afkart’s annual Fall for Art event...
The road winds across the spine of the mountains, past a seemingly endless wilderness of heather-covered bogs, lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and trails.
Japanese climber with no fingers abandons bid to scale Everest
A Japanese climber who lost all his fingertips to frostbite and was trying to become the first person to conquer Mount Everest since its worst disaster has abandoned...
Japanese climber with one finger nears Everest summit again
A Japanese climber with only one finger due to frostbite, who last month failed to reach the top of Mount Everest, will make his final push for the summit late...
Versace glams up camouflage with animal prints
From military jackets worn as mini dresses to brightly-colored animal prints, Italian luxury goods maker Versace showcased a women's wear collection at Milan Fashion...
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from trying out and reviewing all these cars over the past year it’s that even the most unassuming vehicle can surprise you, and GMC’s Terrain is no exception.
Tokyo auto show to highlight 'smart' green cars
The Tokyo Motor Show, opening to the public Oct. 30 at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall, will be packed with futuristic eye-catching vehicles that drive themselves,...
Jeep Wrangler modernized but a warrior at heart
It’s quite the compliment when people genericize your name to refer to the competition.
Ferrari California T: Legend for a new generation
Most cars are just that, cars. They get you from A to B, usually with little drama and less flair.
A journey born of the heart
Hassan Haidar, owner of Scuderia Lebanon s.a.l., the official Ferrari importer in Lebanon, takes The Daily Star on a tour into the exclusive world of Ferrari ownership...
Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said Monday, in a new setback to hopes of eradicating the disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali
Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation
A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a...
Genzyme reports positive data for multiple sclerosis treatment
Genzyme, the rare disease unit of French drug company Sanofi, said Thursday five-year investigatory data from the extension study of its medication Lemtrada, sold in...
Cell Therapy Catapult launches cell history
The Cell Therapy Catapult, the organisation dedicated to the growth of the U.K. cell and gene therapy industry by bridging the gap between scientific research and...
Britain tops world Quality of Death index
Britain topped an 80-country “quality of death” study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide...