Representatives of Libya’s two rival parliaments Thursday held United Nations-brokered talks in Morocco aimed at reaching an agreement on a national unity government and finding someone to head it, officials said.
Jihadi woes prompt Egypt Cabinet reshuffle
Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim, whose security forces have struggled to curb attacks by Islamist militants, was replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle Thursday,...
Salam takes tough line with Cabinet
Prime Minister Tammam Salam was firm Thursday, telling ministers that he would no longer allow them to obstruct the Cabinet’s work, as the body resumed sessions after...
Authorities arrest ‘Syrian ISIS commander’
Lebanese authorities Thursday arrested a Syrian ISIS commander who took part in clashes with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern towns of Arsal and Ras Baalbek, the...
Liberia releases last Ebola patient
Liberia Thursday released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a center in the capital, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.
Stuck in swamps: hard times for S.Sudan displaced
The world’s biggest marshland has shielded the people of Nyal from the carnage of South Sudan’s civil war, but now hunger and illness are taking the toll that violence...
Egypt puts over 200 accused of militant activity on trial
An Egyptian court opened the trial Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt’s most active militant...
S.Sudan impasse ahead of peace talks deadline
Peace talks aimed at ending 15 months of civil war in South Sudan appeared deadlocked Thursday just hours before the expiry of a regionally imposed deadline for a deal.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam was firm Thursday, telling ministers that he would no longer allow them to obstruct the Cabinet’s work, as the body resumed sessions after three weeks of paralysis.
Kaag: Hezbollah raid violated Resolution 1701
Contrary to the Lebanese government’s position, the United Nations believes that Hezbollah violated Security Council Resolution 1701 when it attacked an Israeli convoy...
Hezbollah: Netanyahu a fox in sheep’s clothing
Hezbollah denounced Thursday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress as “disgusting” and “hostile” and warned against advancing Israeli...
Lebanon heading for all-inclusive package deal
The presidential vacuum in Lebanon has reached an alarming stage that could threaten Lebanon’s political system, Western diplomatic sources based in Beirut warned this...
Note has Nemtsov on trail of ghost army
It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper.
U.K. spy agencies told to recruit moms
Ditch the preconceptions about Bond girls – Britain’s spy agencies should be recruiting middle-aged mothers to expand their talent pool, parliament’s intelligence and...
India asks YouTube to block rape film
India said Thursday it had asked YouTube to block access to a documentary about a savage gang rape in Delhi, after barring broadcasters from airing the film.
Marching to equality: King, Selma, civil rights
The march from Selma to Montgomery, which U.S. President Barack Obama will commemorate Saturday in the southern state of Alabama, was part of the plight to end voting...
Private sector activity contracted to its lowest level in five months during February, according to the BLOM Lebanon Purchasing Managers’ Index which was released Wednesday.
Developers shift from offices to housing
An overall economic slowdown has prompted real estate developers to shy away from retail and commercial projects, industry experts said, noting that the residential...
Gulf arms race fuels UAE defense industry
Soaring Middle Eastern arms budgets are spurring the United Arab Emirates to build a home-grown defense industry capable of meeting more of its own military needs while...
Emirates chief to battle subsidy charges in D.C.
Emirates President Tim Clark said he’d travel to Washington this month to defend his airline against allegations from U.S. carriers that Gulf operators receive...
ECB raises growth forecasts
The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next.
Gasoline prices in Lebanon on the rise
Fuel prices continued to increase across Lebanon, a statement released Wednesday by the Water and Energy Ministry showed.
Cedrus expands to retail banking
Cedrus Bank announced Tuesday that it will raise its equity to $60 million after Cedrus Invest Bank completed the acquisition of Standard Chartered Bank in Lebanon.
Soaring Middle Eastern arms budgets are spurring the United Arab Emirates to build a home-grown defense industry capable of meeting more of its own military needs while exporting weapons to markets spanning Tunisia to India.
Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal
Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt’s Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project...
Egypt Cabinet approves investment law
Egypt’s Cabinet approved a long-awaited draft law on investment Wednesday aimed at making deals less vulnerable to legal disputes or changes in government, and reducing...
Oil plunge slows Gulf deposit growth
Low oil prices are slowing or reversing deposit growth at Gulf Arab banks, but not enough to cause the liquidity squeeze that bankers fear.
China veers toward higher spending, low growth
China plans to run its biggest budget deficit in 2015 since the global financial crisis, stepping up spending as premier Li Keqiang signaled that the lowest rate of...
Euro hits 11 1/2-year low, bonds rise
The euro fell to an 11 1/2-year low against the dollar as U.S. and eurozone bond prices rose Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro...
U.S. companies stashing $2.1 trillion overseas
Eight of the biggest U.S. technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corporations in other...
Euro economy starts surprising on upside
The eurozone economy is sprouting more green shoots than anticipated just as the European Central Bank fires up a money printing program worth more than 1 trillion euros.
Vapid U.N. “peacemaking” efforts in Syria have ground to a virtual halt, despite the periodic talks, statements and visits by those involved.
Cabinet back on course
Lebanon’s Cabinet appears poised to turn the corner after months of internal bickering produced a state of paralysis.
Netanyahu created a zero-sum game with the U.S.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday.
On Iran, Arabs deeply mistrust Obama
What was striking in Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday was how the Israeli prime minister exploited the Obama...
Look for fingerprints of life on other planets
The recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist – something we did not know only five years...
Netanyahu’s empty words
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial and long-anticipated speech to Congress Tuesday contained all of the predictable generalizations and sweeping...
Denying Israel atrocities
John Kerry offered the usual type of spirited defense of Israeli behavior Monday, when he addressed the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.
Repercussions of a nuke deal
Until further notice the end of the month looks likely to see an agreement between Western powers and Iran on its nuclear program, judging by the most recent comments...
Much more is needed to overwhelm ISIS
The intense debate taking place across the world in recent months about the precise nature of and motivating forces behind ISIS is impressive and useful, but still...
With Egypt, realpolitik over idealism is right
The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.
An obnoxious Netanyahu divides America
The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the U.S. Congress next week has generated intense reactions from Israelis and Americans...
The recent discovery of two new planets, dubbed Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, proves that small habitable-zone planets exist – something we did not know only five years ago.
Has the Coptic pope groveled too much?
On Christmas Eve on Jan. 6, 2015, when Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president to attend a church on the Coptic holy day, the congregation erupted in...
What Netanyahu’s betrayal revealed
Why did he do it? What possessed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to accept an invitation from the Republicans in the U.S. Congress to come and attack...
Is electrically boosting mental functions safe?
Transcranial electrical stimulation, or “brain zapping” as it is often (erroneously) described, is garnering a fair amount of attention, both from academics and media.
The Ukraine war is very different from Bosnia
The ongoing turmoil in Ukraine has frequently been compared to the Yugoslav crisis of the early 1990s – and, indeed, there are many similarities.
With 10 games of the Premier League season remaining Arsenal find themselves in familiar territory. On the down side they are too far back for a serious title push and are facing a European exit at the hands of AS Monaco.
Young rescues United, Chelsea win
Ashley Young bolstered Manchester United’s bid for a Premier League top-four place with an 89th-minute winner at Newcastle United Wednesday, while leaders Chelsea...
What’s new in the Formula One paddock for 2015
Formula One starts a new season in Australia on March 15 with a number of changes to the rules and regulations, as well as new faces in the paddock.
Wozniacki survives first round in Malaysia
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki atoned for a first-round exit last year by cruising past China’s Wang Yafan Tuesday at the WTA Malaysian Open.
Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency
Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain is poised to retain his position as head of Asian football for another four years after no one decided to oppose him at...
Neymar, Suarez goals lead Barca to Copa final
Barcelona eased into their fourth Copa del Rey final in five years as they completed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal with a 3-1 win at El Madrigal Wednesday.
Blatter wants points deductions for racial incidents
Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter says.
F1 Champion Hamilton seeks greater dominance
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping his Mercedes team will be even more dominant this season even if he also wants rivals to give him more of a challenge.
Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team...
Michael Schumacher’s son to drive in Formula 4
Michael Schumacher’s 15-year-old son Mick has outgrown kart racing and is moving up to Formula 4, a series for young talents.
Nadal ends title drought with Argentina win
Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months Sunday, beating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 to win the Argentina Open.
Japan’s Nishikori soars to world No. 4
Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday’s new world rankings, equaling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country’s highest-ranked tennis player.
Federer, Djokovic to meet in Dubai final
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-0 5-7 6-4 at the Dubai Championships Friday to set up a dream final with Roger Federer.
Murray suffers shock defeat to lucky loser
Andy Murray, the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has this week risen to world No. 3, suffered one of the most remarkable defeats of his career when he was...
Sagesse cruised to a comfortable 82-54 victory against Hoops at Ghazir Thursday in round one of the group stage of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Arakji buzzer-beater rescues Riyadi
Wael Arakji scored a controversial buzzer-beating layup Wednesday night to lead league-leaders Riyadi over Homenetmen 100-99 at Manara in round one of the group stage.
Rampant Hawks steamroll over Harden-less Rockets
Atlanta showed why they are top of the NBA standings by coming from 18 points down to beat Houston 104-96 Tuesday, with Jeff Teague’s 25 points leading the Hawks to a...
Sagesse, Riyadi file appeals against league bans
Sagesse and Riyadi filed respective appeals Tuesday to protest the decision of Lebanese basketball’s governing body to ban American scorer Terrell Stoglin for three...
Heat beat Suns 115-98 as tensions soar
Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team as the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 Monday in a game that...
Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swim champion who agreed not to compete at this year’s World Championships, could be reinstated for the meet by USA Swimming, ESPN reported Tuesday.
Australia crush Afghanistan with record score
Australia flexed their batting muscles to rack up the highest ever World Cup total as they crushed Afghanistan by a tournament record margin to revive their stuttering...
High-scoring South Africa thump Ireland
South Africa put one foot in the World Cup quarterfinals by batting past the 400-run mark for the second successive match to hand Ireland a thumping defeat by 201 runs...
Pacquiao down to work for ‘fight of my life’
Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather “the fight of my life” as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in LA.
Watson critics crank up heat after false start
Australians might have been stunned by the collapse of their much-vaunted batting lineup in the face of brilliant New Zealand bowling at the weekend but the fall of one...
More than three decades of war have damaged Afghanistan’s once-thriving carpet industry, but weavers are tapping into the bloody past to boost their fortunes with “war rugs” depicting guns, tanks and warplanes.
Ciao Milan, bonjour Paris Fashion Week
Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris!
Caritas Ashrafieh opens arts & crafts fair
The Ashrafieh Branch of Caritas Lebanon launched its three-day annual arts and crafts fair Wednesday at the Beirut district’s landmark Hotel Alexandre.
Exode: Not your average art gallery
Exode, located just up the road from Gemmayzeh, is not your typical art gallery.
Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year.
Rare ‘alien of the deep’ goblin shark found
A rare sea creature described as an “alien of the deep” has been found off Australia and delivered to a museum which Tuesday showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like...
Ten themes from Milan Fashion Week
As Milan Fashion Week hands over the baton to Paris, winding up a whirlwind show which saw historic brands revitalized and young designers triumph, here are 10 themes...
Dolce&Gabbana pay tribute to mothers
Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy.
Start living right, with the help of an app
We all have that little voice in the back of our heads that tries to make us do the right thing – eat more fruit and veg, take the stairs and not the lift.
Mini Studio children’s theater opens in Beirut
Famous kids TV show “Mini Studio Club” and the Monroe Hotel have joined forces to set up the first theater in Beirut dedicated to children.
Nora Aytch style: ‘Shut the Front Dior’
While many fashion lovers hope to one day transform their love of clothes into a full-time profession, the industry is highly competitive and notoriously difficult to...
Small SUVs, sports cars rule at Geneva
Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things this year at the Geneva International Motor Show this year.
Apple car rumors fuel Geneva debate
The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car.
Nickelodeon unveils paid streaming service for kids
Viacom Inc's Nickelodeon unveiled on Wednesday a paid streaming service for children called Noggin that will launch on March 5 for $5.99 a month.
Samsung reveals potential for TVs to eavesdrop
Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing.
If I’ve learned anything since we first introduced The Daily Star’s automotive fixtures several months ago, it’s that test-driving new cars would be impossible without the support of many people.
Taxes price Lebanese out of life’s pleasures
Whenever I plan on test-driving a car, I always prepare ahead of time in order to know what to look for. Usually this involves reading up on the car online, checking...
Hyundai Sonata: from dreaded date to true love
The intended subject of the review for this week had been Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV, and that was the car on which I had done my research. But as the proverb goes, the...
Why gasoline-powered cars are here to stay
At one time or another, we’ve all contemplated the idea of a utopian world free of conflict, where poverty and pollution have been eliminated and where everyone drives...
Escalade: Good things come in big packages
In case you thought the jury was still out on whether size matters, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is definitive proof that while bigger may not necessarily be better, it...
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one
Dominica adventure, Barbados relaxation
“Are you sure this is the right way?” I asked, my leg flailing to find another crevice in the tree knots below me. Luca, my husband, responded with a grunt – not very...
Take a trek up St. Patrick’s mountain
Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the lush countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding.
A tourist braves zip lining in Costa Rica
“I’m not sure I can do this,” I said to myself while climbing a few steps to take a practice ride for a zip line.
Living the good life way, way Down Under
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the remote island of Tasmania off Australia’s southern coast was the most feared destination in the British Empire.
Put down the donut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup. New guidelines from the WHO says the world is eating too much sugar.
Penis size: Research provides the long and short of it
What is an 'average' size for a penis?
Winter begs for a hearty stew
A brimming pot of hearty stew is a gift in so many ways during the gray, bone-chilling days of winter.
Three Austrian men get world’s first bionic hands
Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.
Frequent saunas may boost survival: Finnish study
Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests.
In one of its most complex and ambitious exhibitions, the Museum of Modern Art has designed a career retrospective on Bjork that probes the question – just how does one put music on a wall?
Swedish art museum uses Romanian street beggars as props
By putting two Romanian beggars on display in their latest show, Swedish artists meant to raise questions about global inequality but instead find themselves accused of...
Cate Blanchett on being evil in 'Cinderella'
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character - Cinderella's evil...
Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went wrong
With Syria's civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies...
Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita to release debut album
Austria's bearded drag queen sensation Conchita Wurst, winner of last year's Eurovision Song Contest, said Thursday that her debut album would be released on May 13.
Ancient Chinese vase to fetch $7.7M at auction
A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch some $7.7 million when it goes under the hammer next month,...
Griffith Criterion explores women's repression
Burned at the stake, banned from voting, forbidden from conferring citizenship to their children – women have been put in their place summarily, in a variety of...
Miro at play with women, birds and stars on show
It’s not every artist who could see a woman’s hat in a red farmyard faucet, but works on view in Istanbul show the 20th-century Catalan painter and sculptor Joan Miro...
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character - Cinderella's evil stepmother.
Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentary projects
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high-profile name to partner with Netflix Inc, as he and his production company Appian Way will produce a documentary and a series...
Oliver, the UK comedian spurring US to action
John Oliver may have been ruled out of the running to replace Jon Stewart but the British comedian has cemented his status as The Daily Show host’s spiritual heir.
'Guardians,' 'Fault' lead MTV Movie Award nominees
Marvel's space caper, "Guardians of the Galaxy", will take on weepy teen romance, "The Fault in Our Stars", and raunchy bromance comedy, "Neighbors", at the MTV Movie...
'Australian Idol' winner to compete in Eurovision
Former "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian was Thursday unveiled as the nation's wildcard entry into the Eurovision song contest, prompting both excitement and...
Rapper Big Sean beats Kid Rock to top of Billboard 200 chart
Rapper Big Sean topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the first time, beating out rocker Kid Rock.
Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Gaye music for hit song
Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit...
Pink Floyd's Gilmour back with album, Roman theater shows
Months after rock legends Pink Floyd put out a final album, guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour is planning a solo album and shows at Roman-era theaters.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth has stripped veteran entertainer Rolf Harris of an honor she bestowed on him in 2006, basing the move on his conviction for child sex crimes last year, an official notice on Tuesday revealed.
Brother of socialite Paris Hilton to plead guilty to assault
The brother of celebrity socialite Paris Hilton will plead guilty to an assault charge for threatening flight attendants on a Los Angeles-bound flight out of London...
Country star Carrie Underwood announces first child
Country superstar Carrie Underwood on Tuesday announced the birth of her first child with her husband, the hockey player Mike Fisher.
William Shatner cannot attend friend Leonard Nimoy's funeral
William Shatner cannot attend the funeral of his friend and "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy because of a prior commitment for a charity ball, the actor said on...
'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy dead at 83
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who won a worldwide fan base as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the blockbuster "Star Trek" television and film franchise,...