Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.
Taliban release drone footage of suicide attack
Afghanistan's Taliban have released drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving a Humvee into a police base in Helmand province and blowing it up this month.
Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire: activists
Calm prevailed across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo Saturday, the third day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid...
Kremlin: demands for Assad's departure 'thoughtless'
The entire territory of Syria must be "liberated," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in remarks televized Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian...
U.S. cautiously welcomes Hariri’s initiative
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk warned Friday that backing MP Michel Aoun for president could be the Future Movement’s last compromise to its opponents, as Washington...
Germany: Merkel party pulls candidate over 'like' for rivals
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has withdrawn a candidate to be a minister in a state government after he reportedly "liked" an anti-migration party's Facebook...
UK NGOs, MPs press France on 'Jungle' camp demolition
British NGOs, charities and lawmakers have urged French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to ensure the safety of children in the "Jungle" Calais migrant camp during...
Leading Rio mayoral candidate denies criminal probe
The evangelical leading in Rio de Janeiro's mayoral election denied a magazine report Saturday that he was arrested a quarter century ago for making armed threats in a...
Calm prevailed across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo Saturday, the third day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid deliveries have yet to take place, activists said
Combat rages in Yemen as UN seeks to extend 72-hour cease-fire
Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen accused each other of violating a cease-fire Saturday as the United Nations tried to extend the...
Nine migrants drowned, 10 missing and 1,000 rescued off Libya: rescuers
At least nine migrants drowned and 10 others, including four children, were missing after a tense series of rescues Saturday in the Mediterranean that saved over 1,000...
Turkey 'obliged' to press on to Syria's al Bab, Erdogan says
Turkish-backed forces will press on to the ISIS-held town of al-Bab in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, emphasizing Ankara's drive to sweep...
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk warned Friday that backing MP Michel Aoun for president could be the Future Movement’s last compromise to its opponents, as Washington cautiously hoped former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s initiative would end the presidential vacuum.
18 injured after bus overturns in Metn
Eighteen people were injured after a bus overturned in the Metn, Lebanon's Traffic Management Center reported Saturday
Jumblatt’s bloc tackles upcoming presidential session
The Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc Saturday decided to take next week a final stance from the upcoming presidential election session.
Investigation into death of girl clears south Lebanon hospital, doctor
An investigation report released earlier this week over the death of a young girl in south Lebanon following medical treatment said that the hospital and attending...
ISF vows to continue Hasan’s war on terror
The Internal Security Forces commemorated the fourth anniversary of the assassination of intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan Friday with pledges to follow in...
The high cost of transportation, fierce competition and the economic slowdown in some Arab countries have led to a further drop in Lebanese industrial exports, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said Friday.
Solidere shares see slight dip after upsurge
After four days of upsurge in the prices of Solidere shares, the stocks of the real estate company fell slightly Friday.
Western insurers rebuild business ties with Iran
Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multibillion-dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking...
Tunisian lawyers strike over new taxes
Thousands of Tunisian lawyers went on strike Friday to protest at new taxes and tighter fiscal controls on their profession, extending a series of demonstrations...
$47B offer could create biggest tobacco company
British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal.
Bankmed profits rise in first half of year
Bankmed reported an increase in its net profits to $77.1 million in the first half of 2016 from $75.4 million during the same period last year.
Beirut bourse enjoys marked upswing
For this first time in many years, Beirut bourse has seen an unusual upward activity as the chances of electing a president grow stronger every day.
Consumer confidence hits rock bottom
Consumer confidence in Lebanon remained stagnant in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting the gloomy mood of consumers, a new survey showed Thursday.
Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multibillion-dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking restrictions 10 months on from the lifting of international sanctions.
Gulf assets buoy emerging markets
Saudi Arabia’s record debt sale boosted assets in the Gulf, helping to offset concern in emerging markets about the future path of global stimulus that has supported...
Saudi Arabia starts contractor repayments
Saudi Arabia is repaying debts to contractors after long delays that squeezed company finances and hurt investor sentiment.
Saudi bond sale stirs Middle East markets
Saudi Arabia’s record debut international bond sale is shifting the ground across Middle East debt markets, fueling price gains and stoking speculation of more...
Luxury for less: Tourists win in pound’s drop
Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it – and could get 20 percent off.
Twitter faces tough solo choices
The apparent lack of interest in Twitter Inc. by potential suitors may force the social media company to consider a route anathema to aspiring tech startups: a major...
European stock rally loses steam
European stocks lost momentum on the final day of their best week in a month amid mixed earnings reports.
Ghosn to chair troubled Mitsubishi Motors
Carlos Ghosn, who heads Japan’s Nissan Motor and Renault of France, will become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, working to restore faith in the troubled automaker after...
When patriotic figures such as Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan leave us, Lebanon misses them bitterly.
Your move, Hezbollah
“It is a great political risk, but I am ready to take risks on myself, my popularity and my political future a thousand times to protect you all, and am not ready to...
Letter to the editor from Pakistani ambassador
The following clarification is a response from the Pakistani ambassador to Lebanon regarding a syndicated opinion piece by Bahma Chellaney titled “The Pakistani mecca...
Empower, engage and educate her: Why girls matter
Nearly five years ago, in December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared Oct. 11 the “International Day of the Girl Child.”
Trump treats foreign policy like ‘Survivor’
Reality TV is about winning.
He’s done it. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has jolted the political scene on every level and drawn attention to the crucial stage Lebanon is passing through.
Long hard road ahead
The penny has finally dropped and politicians are realizing the severity and precarious state of the country, with every political engine working full throttle to pull...
Finally a decision has been made to vanquish Daesh (ISIS). Since its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” while he stood in Mosul’s Great Mosque,...
The following clarification is a response from the Pakistani ambassador to Lebanon regarding a syndicated opinion piece by Bahma Chellaney titled “The Pakistani mecca of world terror,” published in the Oct. 17, 2016, edition of The Daily Star.
How to change course in the Middle East
Many American policymakers attempting to respond to the conflicts embroiling the Middle East tend to have a ruefully ahistorical perspective on the region, particularly...
Syria’s darkest hour: What road to peace?
The conflict in Syria becomes more complex every day that it continues, and the country’s prospects have gotten only worse.
Now is not the time for trade fundamentalism
“One of the crucial challenges” of our era “is to maintain an open and expanding international trade system.”
As election nears, the world holds its breath
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton...
Struggling to deal with the North Korean danger
When South Korean officials talk about the growing nuclear challenge from the North, they use red-alert phrases like “existential threat,” “imminent danger” and “dagger...
The end of the Republican Party
Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal.
Trump, the symptom of world’s coarsening climate
Watching Donald Trump skulking behind Hillary Clinton on the debate stage Sunday night, muttering about locking her up if he wins, was a reminder that we are drifting...
Zamalek of Egypt can draw comfort from the past as they seek to overturn a 3-0 deficit Sunday in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against Mamelodi Sundowns
European leagues to end UEFA fixture-clash deal
Europe’s football leagues escalated the dispute with UEFA over recent Champions League changes Friday when they said they would end the agreement which ensures that...
Radwanska hoping for luck and pluck in WTA Finals defence
Agnieszka Radwanska returns to the scene of her greatest triumph next week when she opens the defense of her WTA Finals title and the 27-year-old Pole is the first to...
Kerber seeks reversal of fortunes in Singapore
Angelique Kerber showed more passion in the media center than on the court when she crashed out of last year's WTA Finals, the German angered by the format and...
Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings
Aguero looking vulnerable at City
Manchester City’s spine of goalkeeper Joe Hart, center-back Vincent Kompany, midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Sergio Aguero has anchored the team since 2011 in the...
Tough Classique test awaits Garcia on debut
Rudi Garcia faces a daunting first assignment as Marseille coach with the struggling French giants traveling to bitter rivals and reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain...
Barca, Real, Atletico face testing weekend
Six of the top seven face off, while Barcelona face a treacherous trip to Valencia in a blockbuster weekend of La Liga action.
Agnieszka Radwanska returns to the scene of her greatest triumph next week when she opens the defense of her WTA Finals title and the 27-year-old Pole is the first to admit that luck can be as important as skill to emerge victorious in Singapore
Kyrgios shows sports’ misplaced faith in talent
In “Narcos,” the television drama based on the life and crimes of Pablo Escobar, the now long-dead Colombian cocaine trafficker is shown making a roaring bonfire of...
Top-ranked Kerber looks to end year on a high
The absence of Serena Williams may have robbed the season-ending WTA Finals of a blockbuster showdown with Angelique Kerber, but the great American's withdrawal only...
Nadal ends 2016 season, eyes 2017 assault
Former world No. 1 and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal shut down his season Thursday to concentrate on recovering for a fresh trophy assault in 2017.
Durant stars as Warriors rout Clippers in pre-season
Kevin Durant scored 21 points on his home debut as the Golden State Warriors demolished the Los Angeles Clippers 120-75 in a pre-season game Tuesday.
NBA star 'King' James endorses Clinton for president
NBA superstar LeBron James is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president of the United States in a move that could carry a lot of weight with voters in the pivotal state...
Raptors launch pre-season with a protest, and a win over Warriors
The NBA pre-season tipped off Saturday with the Toronto Raptors making a statement before handing the Golden State Warriors a 97-93 defeat in Vancouver
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Tiger Woods says he still believes he will surpass the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, even though the former world No. 1 has been sidelined from competition for more than a year due to a chronic back injury.
Russian weightlifter loses 2012 Olympic silver
Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov was stripped of his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics Tuesday after testing positive for steroids in a reanalysis of his...
Froome and Bardet eye 2017 Tour mountain duel
Chris Froome said the 2017 Tour de France champion will be decided in the mountains as he looked forward to a new duel with his biggest challenger this year, Romain...
Japan's Watanabe elected president of gymnastics federation
Morinari Watanabe of Japan was elected president of the International Gymnastics Federation Wednesday, promising to usher in changes that will make gymnastics "the king...
Steele surges to Safeway Open victory
Brendan Steele erased the bitter memory of last year’s final-round failure, finishing with three straight birdies Sunday to win the rain-soaked U.S. PGA Tour Safeway...
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton limbered up for their U.S. Grand Prix duel Friday, each setting the pace during practice.
Marquez grabs pole for Australian MotoGP
Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez's gamble on using slick tires paid off when he stormed to pole position for this weekend's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island...
Duty calls for combative Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton will be starring in the next “Call of Duty” video game due out in November but the Formula One world champion has a real and more immediate fight on his...
Marquez wins third MotoGP title
Marc Marquez grabbed his third world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix Sunday with rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashing out in a stunning...
Marquez wins season as Rossi, Lorenzo crash in Japan
Marc Marquez secured his third world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix Sunday where his closest rivals Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both...
A photo is a reproduction of what the human eye sees, yet it’s sometimes challenging to capture the size of what’s been photographed.
Jack Reacher sequel worse than 2012 original
It’s not the acting or the action that makes “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” inferior to the original 2012 hit.
Cumberbatch joins the Marvel universe
British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his...
TV programmers to rethink damaging princess shows
The Disney princess may not be dead yet, but children’s television programmers are under pressure to create more adventurous female characters as fears grow over the...
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
Belgian author creates stir with tale of revenge
Why would a traumatized young woman return to her hometown with a block of ice in her car?
Eminem re-emerges to savage Trump
Rap superstar Eminem has re-emerged, launching a loaded, lyrical attack on Donald Trump in the form of an eight-minute song.
Johansson to run Paris popcorn shop
It isn’t – until you think about it – an obvious career move for a movie star.
British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch loved his close encounter with special effects when he swapped his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker for a superhero cape in his latest movie outing, “Doctor Strange.”
Schmoozing with stars poses pitfalls for media
Kiss up or shut up?
Irvine Welsh adapting ‘Crime’ for TV
“Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh is adapting his acclaimed novel “Crime” for television, the first time one of the controversial Scottish writer’s books will make...
Hollywood stars honor director Ridley Scott
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars honored British director Ridley Scott as he was handed the American Cinematheque Award, marking an illustrious career spanning five...
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go electric.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Hollywood legend Julie Andrews is making her first television series in more than a decade to teach children how to put on a show, its producers said Sunday
Steve McQueen: bringing art to the silver screen
Director Steve McQueen, whose poetic visual style helped secure a best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave", brings a sensibility to his films even when tackling...
Bound and gagged Kardashian Halloween costume pulled
An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that made light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West.
Damon and Affleck resurrect 'Good Will Hunting' roles
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck resurrected their "Good Will Hunting" roles, not to mention their Boston accents, in a special one night only live read from the script...
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' on hold after robbery
The E! Network has shut down production on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" since Kim Kardashian West was held up in Paris
“It is not a job. It’s a passion, a real sickness!”
French show robust interest in roe-deer hunting
Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying renewed interest in France.
Monkeys break new ground on stone tool theory
The creation of primitive stone tools has long been hailed as a landmark in the human odyssey – but should our species’ much-trumpeted smartness take all the credit?
New Milky Way map to help show how galaxies form
A new superdetailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form, Australian and German scientists behind the project said Thursday.
Karoline Lang International: Lebanon’s latest fashion export
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...
Pets at work may help atmosphere
When a conference call turns tedious, Brent Robertson can still count on getting a smile from watching Gus rolling around on the floor.
Meow-sician claws to the top of the charts with album for cats
An album created specifically for cats is being lapped up by humans too, and has topped two classical music charts.
Homegrown fashion industry bursts on Cuba scene
Like so much else in Cuba, shopping for clothes isn’t easy.
European Mars lander's fate still uncertain: ESA
European scientists are still not certain whether a space lander that reached Mars Wednesday touched down on the Red Planet in good working condition, the European...
Google’s Pixel: Not much, still a standout
Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new.
Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA
Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with...
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 on all things fashion.
I love Beirut ... DBeirut
Paris Fashion Week and the new visions
Elie Saab brings back the age of disco glam
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
I can think of very few things I hate as much as having to wake up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, an undertaking that is made ever more abhorrent considering my very late work hours.
Mazda CX-9 proves SUVs can be mesmerizing
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that of all the cars I’ve test-driven, SUVs consistently emerge as the car of choice when it comes to...
Jeep has scored a winner and its name is Renegade
As the world’s most renowned maker of SUVs, it was inevitable that Jeep would venture into the subcompact crossover at some point.
2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS: A classic in its prime
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent outbreaks of preventable diseases.
Scan for horses can hold promise for humans
Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still...
Devils’ milk could fight superbugs: scientists
Mother’s milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly “superbugs” which resist antibiotics, Australian...
World's first three-parent IVF baby birth 'revolutionary': doctor
A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a "three-parent" in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the...
WHO urges countries to raise tax on sugary drinks
The U.N. health agency Tuesday recommended countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.