A wall built to contain a burgeoning Tripoli dumpsite is progressively cracking and quivering behind the weight of a 37-meter-high pile of decomposing trash that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
UNHCR summoned to Foreign Ministry
The Foreign Ministry demanded UNHCR refrain from issuing further statements on refugee returns in a statement addressed to the body’s Lebanon representative Mireille...
North and South Korea leaders set up hotline
Diplomatic foes North and South Korea installed a direct phone line between their leaders Friday as they prepare for the first summit since 2007 – and the connection...
WWII bomb defused in Berlin
Berlin police evacuated thousands of people from a central area of the German capital Friday and shut down the main train station as a precaution while they defused and...
This is my family: Travel ban debate hits home
At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn...
Suspected sextortionist arrested for assault
A man was arrested for assaulting a female minor and posting nude photos of the alleged victim online without consent, the Internal Security Forces said Friday.
ISF seize suspects in LL23 M robbery
Authorities have arrested three men accused of stealing LL23 million ($15,000) in merchandise from a mobile phone store in the Metn town of Jal al-Dib, the Internal...
Rai lays foundation stone for Qatar's first Maronite church
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Friday morning laid the foundation stone for a Maronite church to be constructed in Doha, Qatar – which Lebanese news outlets report will...
Diplomatic foes North and South Korea installed a direct phone line between their leaders Friday as they prepare for the first summit since 2007 – and the connection was great, the South’s presidential office said.
Basque militant group ETA apologizes for violence
The Basque militant group ETA Friday offered an unprecedented apology for the pain caused during its more than four decades of armed campaign for independence from...
France deports Salafist preacher
France Friday deported an influential Islamic preacher whose mosque in the southern city of Marseille was shut down last year over accusations of hate speech.
Ex-NYC mayor joins Trump Russia probe legal team
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers...
At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his yearslong effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month with a few phrases on a letter from an embassy.
Western strikes on Syria ‘a turning point’
Unprecedented Western strikes against regime targets in Syria yielded a lot of political chest-thumping but no hope that the seven-year war would end soon or even claim...
Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border
Israel’s military has suggested that a photo it has distributed shows journalists are willingly being used as human shields by Palestinian fighters during recent...
Romania slams plan to move Israel embassy
A row erupted Friday between Romania’s government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied...
Backlash over Portman’s ‘Jewish Nobel’ snub
U.S. actress Natalie Portman’s decision to snub a June ceremony in Israel where she was to have received a prize dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” triggered an angry backlash...
The newly introduced preferential vote will play a major role in the upcoming parliamentary elections as political sources say some parties will take advantage of it to strengthen their blocs while in other areas it could backfire and shrink the representation of traditional forces.
Pharaon accuses Sehnaoui of corruption
Minister of State for Planning Affairs Michel Pharaon Friday accused former Telecommunications Minister Nicholas Sehnaoui of corruption, claiming the latter stole “at...
Supervisory committee member resigns
Sylvana al-Lakkis Friday announced her resignation from the Electoral Supervisory Committee, saying she did not want to be party to the committee’s “inability” to carry...
EU commission gives credibility to the vote
Justice Minister Salim Jreissati Friday said the importance of the European Union Election Observation Mission was to give credibility to the Parliamentary elections,...
Kataeb supporter released after brief custody over anti-Kanaan fliers
A Kataeb supporter was released from custody Friday after being briefly detained for distributing flyers critical of Free Patriotic Movement MP Ibrahim Kanaan in the...
The suspension of interest rate subsidies on housing loans in the beginning of the year caused demand for properties in the first quarter of 2018 to drop by 23.7 percent compared to the same period of 2017, according to Byblos Bank Real Estate Demand Index.
Subsidized housing loans to be reactivated
Subsidized housing loans for limited income families are expected to be reactivated in a few months after the Finance Ministry and Central Bank pledged to inject more...
Oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from U.S. President Donald...
Iraq pays first war reparations to Kuwait since 2014
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been dead for more than a decade but Kuwait is still receiving reparations for his 1990 invasion, with the latest tranche of $90...
Chips down: China to up semiconductor production
China has long pushed the development of high-end semiconductors as a key strategic objective. Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision...
ABL urges government to revise double taxation
The head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey has renewed his call on the government to revise taxes that he says harm the economy and affect the...
Lebanese Australian takes 5 pct of Bank of Beirut
Lebanese Australian businessman Sarkis Nassif has acquired 5 percent of Bank of Beirut’s ordinary and capital stake, the bank announced Wednesday.
Local franchises face opportunities, tests
Lebanese franchises are increasingly looking to grow their brands beyond Lebanon and the region.
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from U.S. President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh’s statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years.
Market has capacity to absorb higher oil prices: Saudi minister
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices after crude made a strong recovery.
The great Russian oil game in Iraqi Kurdistan
Last October, at the height of a political crisis in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, a letter arrived at the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sechin, head of Kremlin...
Saudi reforms to bring foreign funds
Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in global equity indexes and the planned privatization of oil company Aramco are expected to bring big inflows of overseas money into the...
China has long pushed the development of high-end semiconductors as a key strategic objective. Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals have fallen short.
Sterling falls as BoE interest rate rise unlikely
Sterling fell half a percent to a fresh two-week low against the dollar Friday after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signaled that the central bank may not raise...
Global debt and protectionism to threaten growth
The biggest threats to global economic growth are government debt and protectionist leanings, European Union economy commissioner Pierre Moscovici said, underlining the...
Banks saved $3.6 billion in taxes last quarter
The nation’s six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: The U.S. President...
China’s Huawei looks to Europe to fill U.S. gap
As trade disputes simmer, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the No. 3 smartphone brand, is shifting its growth efforts toward Europe and Asia in the face of...
Israelis this week are celebrating “Independence day,” marking 70 years since the creation of the state of Israel, according to the Hebrew calendar.
Time to up the pressure
The Arab world has been waiting for a long time for an American leader with the vision, the sense of justice and the will to reconnect again with the region and its...
Space: The next emerging frontier of warfare
Sitting at the controls of a Boeing space-flight simulator, “docking” the company’s planned “Starliner” craft with an imaginary space station, you begin to understand...
The ‘Next Eleven’ and the world economy
On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges.
The last Reaganite, the transformation of the GOP
Paul Ryan’s decision to retire from Congress is being interpreted as a sign by many that the Republicans will do poorly in the midterm elections.
Charting a new course
Campaigns for parliamentary elections in Lebanon have often turned the political debate into a competition in the mastery of charm to attract support for a candidate...
Eye of the storm
The region is being deafened by the drums of war, and as signaled by aggressive rhetoric, the redeployment of fleets, and relocation of bases and missiles, there is no...
Path to prosperity
At a time when Lebanon has much to be upbeat about, and as the country stands with purpose at the start of a long and challenging transformation, the last thing it...
Sitting at the controls of a Boeing space-flight simulator, “docking” the company’s planned “Starliner” craft with an imaginary space station, you begin to understand why the Pentagon is so focused on such advanced systems.
Unemployment, U.S. leadership and automation
Not so long ago, there were two competing explanations of unemployment. The first was the Keynesian theory of deficient demand, which holds that workers become...
Wisdom of youth
Social cohesion is not anymore a topic or theme tackled in the recipe of planning or implementing a developmental project, it is a global concern as a pillar for any...
Arab old guard must wake up to sustainability
Listening to some Arab delegates at international conferences, you would think they came from an alien planet.
Trump weighs consequences of Syria strike
After fulminating about retaliation for the latest Syrian chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration cooled off long enough to consider the dangers of such a...
The internet has a bigger problem than Facebook
A word of advice for Congress as it ponders new schemes for internet regulation after the “perp walk” this week of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg: Don’t do it.
Russia short on options if Trump bet fails
Russia long saw Donald Trump as the wild card in its strategy to improve relations with the United States.
How the courts could protect the Mueller probe
If U.S. President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that won’t necessarily be the end of his investigation.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to stand down at the end of the season after a reign of almost 22 years that made him the most successful boss in the Premier League club’s history.
Reaction to Arsene Wenger’s departure
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced Friday that he will step down from his role at the Premier League club at the end of the season after almost 22 years at the...
Nadal thrashes Thiem in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal crushed fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to romp into the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals Friday as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title in style.
Nadal thrashes Thiem to cruise into Monte Carlo semis
Rafael Nadal crushed fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to romp into the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Friday as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title in style.
Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead
Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 Thursday night for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs,...
Wenger’s revolution was glorious but unsustained
When Arsenal appointed Arsene Wenger as their manager in 1996 there were no shortage of skeptics, wondering what exactly in the Frenchman’s past made him suitable for...
This weekend in European football
Here’s what to watch out for this weekend in Europe’s top five leagues:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after almost 22 years at the Premier League club.
Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach quarters
Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by an inspired Dominic Thiem in the third round Thursday, with the Austrian fifth seed progressing to the...
Nadal doesn't see himself skipping tournaments like Federer
For now, Rafael Nadal doesn't see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open.
Djokovic battles past Coric, Nadal into last 16
Novak Djokovic needed 10 match points to see off Borna Coric in the Monte Carlo Masters second round Wednesday, while world No. 1 Rafael Nadal eased past Aljaz Bedene...
Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 Thursday night for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin. Golden State can close the first-round series with a win this coming Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4.
Durant leads Warriors to 3-0 lead over mourning Spurs
Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich.
James’ epic start helps Cavs even series
LeBron James crystalized his reputation as one of the best playoff performers in NBA history Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a Game 1 rout with a...
Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors
DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points as the Toronto Raptors overwhelmed the Washington Wizards 130-119 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NBA...
Durant, Thompson sink Spurs, Wade stuns Sixers
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson handed San Antonio a painful shooting lesson as Golden State took a grip on their Western Conference playoff duel Monday.
Ronnie O’Sullivan believes he can cap a fine season by winning a sixth world championship but has named two-time defending champion Mark Selby as the Crucible favorite.
Australia captain promises to build trust
Australia test captain Tim Paine pledged Thursday to embark on a new era of “respectful” cricket and rebuild public trust after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked...
Violent esports not welcome at Olympics: IOC
Esports with violent content cannot be considered for the Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday.
Brady yet tell Patriots if he’s in for 2018
Tom Brady is not yet officially committed to playing in 2018, but the New England Patriots and others close to him expect the 40-year-old back for his 20th season.
Poirier beats Gaethje by TKO
Dustin Poirier hobbled in on crutches after way-too-many kicks made it tough to bend his right leg. He had stitches in his face, and he may have broken his left hand.
Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One rivals should beware the backlash because the four-time world champion’s dip in form will not last long, his former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg has warned.
Max needs to think more, Verstappen’s father says
Max Verstappen’s father Jos has advised the Red Bull driver to think more carefully after his recent botched overtaking maneuvers drew criticism and calls to calm down.
Red Bull, Ferrari prizing open Mercedes’ grip
It may be premature to call the end of an era of Mercedes domination but Daniel Ricciardo’s thrilling win for Red Bull in Shanghai Sunday marks a clear shift in the...
Ricciardo celebrates surprise victory in China
Daniel Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory Sunday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull...
Shanghai ‘disaster’ clouds title hopes: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton declared his Chinese Grand Prix a “disaster” Sunday and said Mercedes would find it tough to repeat their F1 championship victory unless they can sort...
“The concept of my photos,” photographer Joe Ghanem told The Daily Star, “is capturing those elderly people who are forced to work as security guards.”
Boghossian Foundation calls for award applicants
The Boghossian Foundation’s annual Young Lebanese Artists Award announced its call for applications Friday, with two new categories added. Founded in 1992, the...
Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender fetches $250,000 at auction
The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of...
Coachella homecoming with Destiny’s Child reunion
Beyonce returned spectacularly to the stage with a joyous, homecoming-themed party at the Coachella festival where she delighted fans with a rare reunion of her former...
Pacino, De Palma remember ‘Scarface’
Old “Scarface” friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma...
DIFF moves to biennial program: will it matter?
Change has come to the Gulf’s oldest international film festival, and brought with it a little more uncertainty for the region’s filmmakers. Earlier this week the...
Beiteddine Festival unveils summer bill
Beiteddine Art Festival is gearing up for its 33rd edition, with a series of cultural acts aiming to draw spectators from all corners of the country and beyond.
Beirut inspires local and international artists
Beirut Art Residency is a non-profit organization that offers a two-month residency program for international and local artists from all artistic backgrounds.
The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of Dallas.
Old “Scarface” friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma for an evening full of reflection on how the ferocious and garish gangster epic – like Tony Montana’s rise from dishwasher to drug lord – has grown in stature.
‘Scandal’ wraps, pop culture impact stays
As “Scandal” wrapped its seventh and final season on ABC Thursday, the political drama – starring Kerry Washington as professional problem solver in the nation’s...
‘Westworld’ struck? Join the club
Baffled by some of the plot lines in sci-fi television series “Westworld?”
New film untangles Lisbeth Salander’s past
The latest cinematic installment of the smash hit “Millennium Series” will reveal more details about mysterious hacker heroine, Lisbeth Salander, and delve into her...
The Rock: From video games to the big screen
It was a decades-old, deep love of arcade video game “Rampage” for actor Dwayne Johnson – and now the burly action star has been able to inhabit the treacherous...
Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he would launch a cryptocurrency to connect with fans, but also backed the regulation of virtual currencies.
Police: Man arrested at Taylor Swift house had knife, rope
A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on...
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died.
Geoffrey Rush 'virtually housebound' in defamation case
Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush is "virtually housebound" and "barely eats" after a Sydney newspaper claimed he engaged in inappropriate behaviour at a theatre, his lawyer...
Topless protester charges at Bill Cosby as retrial begins
A topless protester with "Women's Lives Matter" written on her body in red ink charged at Bill Cosby as he walked into a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the...
Some of Prince’s closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction – yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got the fentanyl that killed him, according to investigative documents released Thursday.
Akita dogs melt foreign hearts
Hollywood actor Richard Gere, French film star Alain Delon and Russia’s figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova have one thing in common: They adore Japan’s Akita dogs.
Japanese firm to trial urine test to spot cancer
A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening...
Preconception diet hurts kids’ health: studies
A child’s health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before conception,...
Festival for man’s best friend a barking success
A four-legged security guard greeted attendees Sunday at the entrance to WoofFest, making sure the guests were friendly and nonaggressive toward others.
Mistakes kill: The daring world of motocross
“It’s crazy what we do, there’s no limit. If you make a mistake, you can die.” They are the chilling words of Taka Higashino, one of the stars of freestyle motocross,...
Wood-chopping booms in Australia
A flash of metal glinted in the Sydney sunshine as Curtis Bennett took one last swing of his axe and brought it down hard on the log at his feet.
Ben Kilham, the American bear whisperer
Stripy and Jake are bear cubs fed by bottle, who frisk around happily.
A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.
Immunotherapy a hope against lung cancer
For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer.
Haitan roots behind new anti-wrinkle oil
Swiss fragrance company Givaudan has begun recycling Haitian vetiver roots to make a new cosmetic substance it said can reduce wrinkles and help scents linger longer.
Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse claims
The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California’s medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his...
Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws?
Ethicist foresees being able to choose your baby
So you want to have a baby.
Facebook introduces new privacy safeguards in Europe
Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe as part of efforts to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and...
Scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme
Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could help in the fight against pollution.
Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants
Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach.
German police raided the offices of Porsche and Audi Wednesday as part of a fraud probe against two top Porsche executives and a former employee of the luxury carmaker in connection with the diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Tesla raises production but falls short of Model 3 goals
Electric car maker Tesla Inc. increased production of its Model 3 mass-market car in the first quarter but still fell far short of the numbers it promised last summer.
New cars getting driverless safety features
Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of...
Waymo to buy 20,000 Jaguars for robotic ride-hailing service
Self-driving car pioneer Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for a robotic ride-hailing service.
New cars are quickly getting self-driving safety features
New York City's Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.
UK to ban sale of plastic straws to tackle marine waste
Britain on Thursday announced plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England, as part of a push to tackle global marine pollution.
Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition
A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of...
Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions
The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth...
Iceland resumes fin whale hunt after two-year pause
Icelandic whaling company Hvalur said Tuesday it would resume its controversial hunt of endangered fin whales after a two-year suspension, sparking angry protests from...