Gunmen stole 500,000,000 LL ($330,000) from an armored truck transferring the money between two banks located just 150 meters from each other in the eastern town of Baalbek, a security source told The Daily Star.
Lebanon's Arabic Press Digest - Nov. 1, 2014
The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these...
Kerry, Zarif to hold nuclear talks in Oman: report
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister will hold nuclear talks in Oman on around November 10, the Austria Press Agency reported Friday.
3 dead as Yemen's Houthis attack rival party HQ
Three people were killed in clashes triggered by a Houthi rebel attack on the headquarters of Yemen's Al-Islah party in the southwestern city of Ibb, security sources...
Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married
The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all...
Rare snow in north Lebanon, rainstorm to subside
Light snowfall powdered some north Lebanon hilltops Saturday, a rare occurrence in November, as the two-day rainstorm, expected to subside Sunday, flooded several...
U.S. warns citizens in Mideast to remain vigilant
The U.S. State Department Friday warned its citizens living in or traveling to the Middle East to remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings after a call was made on a...
Authorities await news from hostage mediator
An envoy from Qatar who held rounds of negotiations with the captors of 27 Lebanese servicemen has yet to relay to Lebanese authorities the demands of the militants, a...
Bomb wounds 3 in Egyptian capital
A bomb hidden in a rubbish bin wounded three people in the Egyptian capital before dawn on Saturday, the interior ministry said.
Syria rebels deploy peacekeepers in Idlib
Syrian rebel groups scrambled Friday to head off a potentially explosive round of clashes in northwest Idlib province between a leading, U.S.-backed militia and the...
Sistani: Baghdad must help tribes to fight ISIS
Iraq’s most senior Shiite religious figure called on the government Friday to rush to the aid of Sunni tribes battling ISIS, after the militant group executed at least...
The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.
Spacecraft for tourists breaks up on test flight
A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second...
Burkina Faso president quits, army steps in
Burkina Faso’s embattled President Blaise Compaore announced Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule.
More drones spotted over French nuclear plants
Drones have overflown five more nuclear plants in France, sources said on Saturday, the latest in a mysterious string of such incidents across the country.
Lithuania enacts ban on energy drinks for minors
Lithuania on Saturday enacted a ban on selling energy drinks to anyone under 18, in what officials in the Baltic country claimed was a global first.
Some of the Lebanese financial institutions that operate outside of the proper legal framework may be targeted by the United States unless they reorganize themselves and coordinate with the Central Bank, the secretary-general of the Union of Arab Banks said Friday.
Profits of insurance firms to fall by 20 percent
Profits of Lebanese insurance companies are expected to fall by 20 percent at least in 2014, due to the rising number of car accidents and fierce competition, the head...
Iran’s oil revenue falls 30 percent on price drop
Iran’s revenue from crude sales, the OPEC member’s biggest export, fell 30 percent because of the recent decline in global oil prices, according to President Hassan...
Saudi metro in race against time
The sprawling and congested Saudi capital is in a race against time to complete its $22.5 billion metro system within four years, a senior official said Wednesday.
China manufacturing growth falls in October
China's manufacturing growth declined further in October amid a slowing economy and languishing global demand, according to a survey released Saturday.
EDL workers to stage new strike
EDL’s full-time workers have called for a three-day strike starting Thursday to protest the government’s procrastination in giving promotions and higher ranks to the...
Lebanon slips in Doing Business ranking
Lebanon’s ranking in the World Bank’s annual report Doing Business, which measures ease of doing business in 189 economies, slipped from 102 in 2014 to 104 in 2015, a...
No recovery until Syria crisis ends: Hajj Hasan
The economic situation in Lebanon will improve only if the crisis in Syria comes to an end and refugees return to their homeland, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan...
Iran’s revenue from crude sales, the OPEC member’s biggest export, fell 30 percent because of the recent decline in global oil prices, according to President Hassan Rouhani.
Algeria plans new oil and gas auction
Algeria is preparing a new auction for foreign energy firms, an official said Wednesday, after the North African country awarded four out of 31 oil and gas field blocks...
Kuwait emir calls for diversifying economy
Kuwait’s emir said Tuesday a fall in oil prices cast a shadow over the OPEC member state’s economy, showing the need to diversify sources of income that rely heavily on...
IMF sees risk of plunge in GCC surplus
Gulf Cooperation Council countries may see their current-account surplus decline by $175 billion next year if oil prices stay about $80 a barrel, according to the...
U.S. consumer spending falls as wages rise
U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, but a rise in consumer sentiment to more than a seven-year high this month indicated...
Shale boom redraws oil routes
For signs of how the U.S. shale boom is transforming the global flow of oil, look halfway across the world at South Korea.
Cyprus targets Irish-style bailout exit
Cyprus could benefit from strong bank stress test results and positive economic signs to pull off an Irish-style bailout exit and make a full return to the bond market,...
Gazprom to resume gas supply, Ukraine pays $2.2B
Russia may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, gas export monopoly Gazprom said Friday, under a...
Several worrying signals about the anti-ISIS campaign being led by the U.S. have emerged recently, with Obama administration officials voicing doubts about the Syrian component, and suggesting that the effort should be expanded in Iraq.
Recognition with liability
Sweden Thursday became the latest European Union country to recognize the state of Palestine, in the latest version of a strong message that should be heeded by both...
Egypt follows U.S. and Israeli strategies
One of the most troubling aspects of the phenomenon of militant Salafist-takfiri groups like ISIS is the appearance of smaller groups across the Arab world that share...
Wishful thinking in the U.S. plans to fight ISIS
A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle...
Debtor-creditor conflict is not a new issue
Every economic collapse brings a demand for debt forgiveness.
Lebanese have made several bids in recent years to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, with the planet’s largest bowl of hummus or tabbouleh, plate of kibbeh, or...
Ray of light from Tunisia
From the birthplace of the Arab Spring, the region finally has some positive news in these seemingly darkest of times.
Now that the latest round of fighting seems to be under control in Tripoli, more needs to be done to eliminate other threats across the country, and to ensure that such...
One of the most troubling aspects of the phenomenon of militant Salafist-takfiri groups like ISIS is the appearance of smaller groups across the Arab world that share ISIS’ ideology and methods, and in several cases have sworn allegiance to it.
Lessons from the Tunisian elections
I suspect that the Tunisian parliamentary elections Sunday were the most significant domestic and national political development in the modern history of the Arab world.
Why Iraq’s Sunnis are surrendering to ISIS
Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province...
The rule of law triumphs, sort of, in the U.S.
The conviction in a Washington court Wednesday of four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for their roles in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi...
Lessons from Versailles for today’s Middle East
Much of the chaos in the region today has its roots
in Versailles and its treaties
Lebanon must tackle its water crisis head-on
Lebanon is no longer the water tower of the Levant.
An antidote to poverty, disease and terrorism
Despite enormous technological advances, humanity continues to grapple with three enormous burdens: poverty, disease and terrorism (both individual and state-sponsored.)
Russia only changes when it faces defeat
The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir...
Defending champions Nejmeh recorded their third straight victory with a comfortable 2-0 win over Shabab al-Ghazieh Friday to move joint top with Safa, who were held to a goalless draw by Tripoli in matchday five of the Lebanese Premier league.
Never a dull moment for Benitez’s Napoli
Dogged by inconsistency last season, Napoli have taken their reputation as erratic performers to a new level this term, leaving their supporters perplexed and...
Hamilton aims to make it 10 in Texas
Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a big win in Texas this weekend, even if the Formula One starting grid is the smallest he has ever known it with the absence of teams...
Hamilton seeks to divert from F1’s problems
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will bid to divert attention from Formula One’s looming financial crisis by seeking his fifth consecutive race win at this...
Murray on brink of World Finals after win
Andy Murray turned in a clinical performance Wednesday as he joined Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic in the next round of the Paris Masters.
Guardiola wary of Dortmund despite points gulf
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists Saturday’s Bundesliga opponents Borussia Dortmund remain the Bavarians’ main title rivals, despite the 14-point gulf between...
Bayern face Dortmund with ties at new low
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund Saturday with relations between the German heavyweights seemingly at an all-time low.
Sevilla, Valencia face stiff Liga test
Atletico Madrid proved last season that with an inspirational coach, a group of committed players and an enthusiastic support, it is possible to get the better of...
Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a big win in Texas this weekend, even if the Formula One starting grid is the smallest he has ever known it with the absence of teams Marussia and Caterham.
F1’s chickens come home to roost
Talk of financial crisis in Formula One is nothing new, but the absence of back-markers Caterham and Marussia from this week’s U.S. Grand Prix after they went into...
Marquez roars to hisrecord-equaling 12th win
Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez won a season record-equaling 12th MotoGP race with victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday.
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...
Federer has sights set on world No. 1 spot
Roger Federer is taking his battle with Novak Djokovic for the world No. 1 spot down to the wire as he arrives at the Paris Masters as the hottest player on tour.
Federer crushes Goffin for sixth Basel title
Top-seeded Roger Federer won a sixth Swiss Indoors title Sunday, comfortably defeating David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to end a run of two successive final...
Williams avenges loss to Halep in WTA Finals
Serena Williams destroyed Romania’s Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 Sunday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable...
Serena reaches WTA semifinals, cements top ranking
Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis and was crowned year-end world No. 1 without picking up a racket Friday when results went her way at the season finale in...
Riyadi Beirut recovered from a surprising 66-70 defeat against Ahly Egypt Wednesday, to beat Amal Sport Morocco 72-53 in Group A of the Arab Club Championship in Morocco Friday.
LeBron falters in emotional return to Clevela
Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation, LeBron James is back where he began.
Rose blooms, Heat sizzle without James
The Chicago Bulls welcomed former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose back from injury Wednesday with a convincing 104-80 win over the New York Knicks.
Riyadi suffer shock loss in Arab Championship
Riyadi suffered a surprising loss in their opening game in Morocco at the Arab Club Basketball Championship after going down to Ahly of Egypt 70-66 in Group A Wednesday.
Spurs edge Mavs in San Antonio
The San Antonio Spurs raised their championship banner then elevated their game when it mattered, to edge the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 in a season-opening win Tuesday.
Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with China’s golf courses by kicking off the European Tour’s Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters.
Giants ride Bumgarner to World Series win
The San Francisco Giants rode workhorse left-hander Madison Bumgarner all the way to their third World Series crown in five years with a Game 7 victory over the Kansas...
England’s Rose targets career-high ranking
Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world No. 2 over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters starting...
Kinshasa still rumbles with Ali-Foreman bout
The Tata Raphael stadium looks as though it has lost a few rounds against Muhammad Ali in the 40 years since it staged the greatest boxing fight in history.
Fate twists the legacies of Ali and Foreman
In a reversal of roles, the outspoken Muhammad Ali won the “Rumble in the Jungle” 40 years ago but has become a stricken, silent icon, while brooding slugger George...
If you’ve never made risotto before, you’re missing out on a great candidate for a weeknight meal. With no more at hand than the right rice, an onion, some broth and a wedge of Parmesan, you have dinner.
Everything you need to know about Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty didn’t need a backstory – or a mouth – to become a global phenomenon.
The Agenda, Beirut’s skill-building school
On the eighth floor of the Beirut Symposium in Sin al-Fil Tony Abou Ghazaly busily walks around the chicly furnished room.
How to dress for All Hallow’s Eve
Spend Oct. 31 in Beirut and you might be forgiven for thinking that Halloween isn’t much more than an excuse to dress up and hit the clubs and bars.
New York City for music lovers
There are 8 million rhythms in the naked city. New York is a center for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its...
Hello Kitty at 40, giving adults licence to play
As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen something as cute as Hello Kitty when she first laid eyes on the moon-faced, mouthless character...
Financing a new car? Pay with your head
Buying a new car can be one of the most exhilarating experiences we can have. Few things can equal the sensation of sliding behind the wheel of a pristine automobile,...
Brewer recreates beer found in 1840s shipwreck
A Finnish brewery has recreated a Belgian beer from bottles that sank 170 years ago on a ship in the Baltic Sea, giving connoisseurs a chance to taste the tipple of...
Five places to haunt this Halloween
Now that you are armed to the teeth – perhaps even with teeth – it’s time to think about which venue to grace with your blood-splattered presence.
The two faces of the Beirut weekend
Saturday night transforms Beirut into a hub of barhopping and nightclubbing. But when Sunday rolls around, party-hosting neighborhoods revert to a place to be enjoyed...
Comfort and colors at Arsouni fashion show
New fashion designers spring up on the Lebanese fashion scene every year, setting up small shops in and around Beirut looking to make it big.
There are 8 million rhythms in the naked city. New York is a center for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical styles played in its world-class concert halls, dive bars, parks and museums.
Blind sailors set sights on the Mediterranean
Standing at the helm of a three-masted schooner, Alina Koralewska is having no trouble at all staying the course to Barcelona despite being able to see neither compass...
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.
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...
After journeys of millions of kilometers, rocks formed at the beginning of the solar system have landed on the walls of a Chinese showroom.
Five-year-olds learn coding in Britain
“Miss! We made it breathe out fire!” 10-year-old Joe exclaimed, pointing at the laptop on his desk, where he has programmed his animated dragon to belch flames into the...
Google’s streaming music service adds mood to mix
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...
'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...
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).
Cases of tuberculosis are set accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday.
Paddleboard yoga: a total body workout
Move over hot, flying and spinning yoga. Paddleboard yoga is the latest trend to stand the ancient practice of breath control, body postures and movement on its head –...
Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss
Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reverse age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists report.
Paralyzed man walks again after novel procedure
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...
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...
High above the altar in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ’s head in Michelangelo’s famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
Brief Chaplin bio captures essence of ‘the Tramp’
In 1914, Keystone Studios released two short films that gave a world marching to war a reason to laugh.
'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout
Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time.
'McCarthys' inspired by creator's modern family
After the sitcom "Happy Endings" was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: his own family inspired "The...
Dylan to release new album in 2015
Rock legend Bob Dylan will release a new album in 2015, he has confirmed, after he unexpectedly put out a cover of a Frank Sinatra song.
A little fortress in a big valley
Memory is one of the ripe fruit of contemporary art. All you need do is misplace something – your car keys, your identity – to figure out why.
Arabia, but bereft of Lawrence
It is 1916 in the province of Hijaz. Though on the southern periphery of the Ottoman Empire, the territory, and the pilgrimage cities of Mecca and Medina in particular,...
Tropical idylls dreamed up in Jezzine
Every few years, Belgian painter Pascal Courcelles travels to Lebanon and makes a journey up into the mountains of Jezzine.
Undercover French politicians sample 'real life' for TV show
Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote...
Coen Brothers tap Clooney, Johansson for all-star studio comedy
Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood's studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson...
Outsider Binoche explores risks, passion of war
Actor Juliette Binoche has long been fascinated by war photography, she says, and often wonders about the people who risk their lives to capture such photos.
Herbie Hancock shares life lessons in new memoir
Herbie Hancock doesn’t begin or end his newly published memoir “Possibilities” by recalling any of the many highlights in his 50-plus-year career, such as receiving the...
Scotland's "Young Fathers" are surprise Mercury Prize winners
Little-known Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers beat the bookies to take home the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album with their debut release "Dead".
Slipknot tops Billboard album chart
Heavy metal rockers Slipknot took the lead on the weekly U.S. Billboard chart on Wednesday, a week ahead of Taylor Swift's projected year's biggest album opening.
Country music fest coming to NY's Randall's Island
A new three-day country music festival starring Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley will debut in New York City next summer.
Egyptian actor and filmmaker Amr Waked, equally at home in Cairo and Hollywood, says the time is ripe for a host of other Arab stars to make it big abroad.
Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador
Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already.
Allman dropped from Georgia lawsuit in train crash
Gregg Allman has been dropped from a lawsuit by the family of a film worker killed by a train during shooting of a biographical movie about the Allman Brothers Band...
Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids
Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift.
Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested in robbery case
Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of stealing a camera from a celebrity photographer in Beverly...