The second day of the Brussels II conference for Syria opened Wednesday with an emphasis on restarting negotiations for a political solution to the conflict while bolstering humanitarian aid for refugees.
Hariri warns of declining situation due to Syrian crisis
Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday addressed the international community, calling on donor countries to exert more efforts in supporting Lebanon to cope with the...
Media-bashing by politicians a threat to democracies, RSF warns
Western political leaders encouraging hostility towards the media are playing with fire and posing an increasing threat to democracies, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)...
Indonesia oil well fire kills 15 people, injures dozens
A newly drilled, unregulated oil well in western Indonesia exploded into flames early Wednesday, burning to death 15 people and injuring dozens of others.
Israeli ex-policeman jailed for nine months for killing Palestinian teen
An Israeli former paramilitary policeman was jailed for nine months Wednesday for killing a teenage Palestinian protester in 2014, prompting protests from the...
Constitutional Court to review controversial budget article Thursday
The Constitutional Court is set to convene Thursday to consider an appeal brought forth Tuesday by MP Sami Gemayel against a controversial article in the 2018 state...
Syrian brothers in custody after $21,000 theft
Two Syrian brothers are in custody Wednesday after stealing $21,000 in cash and merchandise from a supermarket in the southern Beirut suburb of Hazmieh earlier this...
Lebanon wins Best Stand Award at Arabian Travel Market 2018
President Michel Aoun Wednesday congratulated Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian on Lebanon’s exhibition stand being awarded at the annual Arabian Travel Market event in...
Western political leaders encouraging hostility towards the media are playing with fire and posing an increasing threat to democracies, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Wednesday in its annual index of press freedom.
Regional Madrid head resigns after shoplifting video, masters scandal
The head of the region of Madrid Cristina Cifuentes resigned on Wednesday after a turbulent month for the People's Party (PP) politician which included claims she had...
High probability of a Brexit deal with EU: British minister
Brexit minister David Davis said Wednesday he believed that there was a high probability that Britain would negotiate a deal to leave the European Union, dismissing...
Spain: record cocaine shipment seized from banana container
Spain's Interior Ministry says police has found nearly 9 tons of cocaine concealed in a banana shipment from Colombia, a European record for drugs found inside a...
An Israeli former paramilitary policeman was jailed for nine months Wednesday for killing a teenage Palestinian protester in 2014, prompting protests from the youngster's family who demanded a tougher sentence.
Cannot renegotiate Iran nuclear deal: Germany
Keeping the international nuclear deal with Iran is a top priority for Germany and it cannot be renegotiated, a foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday as a May 12...
Working closely with allies on new Iran measures: Britain
Britain is working closely with allies to address issues relating to Iran, a government spokesman said Wednesday, giving British backing to French President Emmanuel...
Donors pledge $4.4 bn in Syria aid for 2018
International donors will pledge $4.4 billion in aid of the Syrian conflict at a Brussels conference Wednesday, a senior U.N. official said, well short of the amount...
Palestinian journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds
A Palestinian journalist shot two weeks ago by Israeli forces on the Gaza border has died, Israeli and Palestinian sources said Wednesday, the second journalist killed...
After years of wrangling, Lebanese lawmakers passed a new vote law in June that will govern the parliamentary elections slated for Spring/Summer 2018. The move marks a major step forward for the country, as political work had ground to a halt while lawmakers focused solely on agreeing the final text.
Elections 2018: Tip of the day
Every day between now and the parliamentary elections on May 6, The Daily Star will print a tip for voters.
New vote law leaves Lebanese perplexed
Lebanon’s bizarre electoral law has more than a few politicians scratching their heads – and others bowing out of the race entirely.
Gemayel’s budget appeal overshadows vote race
An appeal by Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel against articles of the 2018 state budget law, particularly a controversial item over temporary residency for...
Higher Judicial Council responds to media buzz on Ali al-Amin case
The Higher Judicial Council Wednesday issued an official “clarification” on a number of details of the case of a Bint Jbeil parliamentary candidate who was assaulted...
Earlier this year, Lebanon signed its first offshore oil and gas exploration and production agreement for two of Lebanon’s 10 offshore blocks with a consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek, with drilling expected to start in 2019.
LPA to prep for new gas licensing round: minister
Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Tuesday that he had instructed the Lebanese Petroleum Administration to prepare for the second offshore gas licensing...
Turkey raises key interest rate ahead of snap polls
Turkey's central bank Wednesday hiked one of its main interest rates as the lira faces pressure and inflation remains high ahead of snap polls in June.
Iraq launches production at southern gas field
Iraq said Wednesday it had launched commercial production at its Siba gas field in the southern province of Basra in a joint venture with Kuwaiti, Turkish and Egyptian...
Asian markets sink with Wall St as tech firms take another hit
Asian markets went into reverse Wednesday, tracking fresh losses on Wall Street as investors fret about rising US Treasury yields and speculation that interest rates...
New govt must combat corruption: minister
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Tuesday the new government should focus on combating corruption and waste in public departments.
Lebanon's financial situation dangerous: Khalil
Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil warned Tuesday that Lebanon’s financial and economic condition was more of a threat than the country’s security situation.
Lebanese startup heads to global meet
A Lebanese startup that trains young people in job skills to compete in an increasingly automated workforce has been selected to go to Madrid to compete among 100...
Saudi's Olayan says IPO depends on market conditions
Saudi Arabian billionaire Lubna Olayan said Wednesday that the timing for floating parts of her family's business, one of the kingdom's largest conglomerates, depends...
Iran’s central bank bans cryptocurrency dealings
Iran’s central bank prohibited domestic financial institutions from handling virtual currencies, citing money laundering concerns, as it seeks to ramp up control over...
Egypt considers shift to longer-term borrowing
Egypt is considering shifting away from costly short-term domestic debt toward longer-term borrowing, as falling interest rates provide cheaper options to finance the...
Asian markets went into reverse Wednesday, tracking fresh losses on Wall Street as investors fret about rising US Treasury yields and speculation that interest rates will rise four times this year.
Kering, Credit Suisse earnings fail to boost European shares
European shares declined Wednesday in early deals as worries over rising bond yields trumped a slew of well-received earnings updates from Kering and Credit Suisse,...
Comcast offers $31 bln for Sky, going head-to-head with Fox
U.S. cable company Comcast Corp made a 22 billion pound ($31 billion) offer for pay-TV group Sky on Wednesday, beating an already agreed takeover bid from Rupert...
German govt sees no let-up in economic growth
The German economy ministry on Wednesday published an optimistic set of forecasts for 2018-19, saying strong growth into next year will help create a million new jobs.
Italian energy firm Eni to drill more off Cyprus coast
Eni's chief executive says the Italian company will proceed with more exploratory drilling south of Cyprus over the next 20 months, affirming a "strong engagement and...
In less than two weeks, the Lebanese will head to the polls to choose their representatives for the next four years and in the process show that democracy is alive and kicking in Lebanon.
Lest we forget
Israelis this week are celebrating “Independence day,” marking 70 years since the creation of the state of Israel, according to the Hebrew calendar.
Macron’s vital message
When Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France last year, he was presented as a kind of European savior, a wunderkind who had burst onto the French political...
The world is less gloomy than most of us realize
Humans are partial to bad news.
Day for Students with Learning Difficulties
Sunday April 22, millions of people received a cellphone message from the Telecommunications Ministry announcing that it was the “National Day for Students with...
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...
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...
When Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France last year, he was presented as a kind of European savior, a wunderkind who had burst onto the French political scene just in the nick of time.
How to negotiate with North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to be setting the stage for a historic deal with U.S. President Donald Trump that would allow his country, like Myanmar and...
Pompeo’s remarkable secret mission to Pyongyang
The remarkable news that CIA Director and U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea where he met North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un...
Human progress: A tale of two realities
The opening line of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” retains its universality to this day. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Dickens writes,...
Sunday April 22, millions of people received a cellphone message from the Telecommunications Ministry announcing that it was the “National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties.”
‘Common good’ needs more currency in Arab region
Natural resources, their extraction and management, is tightly linked to development efforts in the Arab region.
America does have a ‘deep state’ – of law
The most remarkable parts of James Comey’s memoir are not about Donald Trump.
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.
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...
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes the ongoing season has seen him perform at his best at the Premier League club.
2 men from Rome arrested after attacking Liverpool fan
Two men from Rome were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an assault before a Champions League game that left a Liverpool fan in critical condition,...
Nadal romps to 11th Monte Carlo crown
Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world No. 1...
Keys sets up U.S. Fed Cup Czech Republic final
Madison Keys saw off France’s Pauline Parmentier to fire the United States into the Fed Cup final where the Czech Republic lie in wait for the defending champions.
Heat put on ice as 76ers advance
The Philadelphia 76ers advanced to the second round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday, defeating the Miami Heat 104-91 to seal a 4-1 series victory.
Salah magic spurs Liverpool to 5-2 win over Roma
Mohamed Salah produced two world-class finishes and set up goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to lead Liverpool to a 5-2 win over former club Roma Tuesday,...
Ronaldo, the sole survivor of Real’s ‘BBC’
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern...
Bayern are better than last season, Zidane warns
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned Tuesday Bayern Munich are better than they were last season when the Spaniards beat them en route to the Champions League title.
Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world No. 1 ranking.
Nadal beats Nishikori to win Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal won a record 31st Masters title after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday.
Nadal wins 11th Monte Carlo Masters title
Rafael Nadal romped to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final to retain the world number one ranking.
Sharapova gears up for Stuttgart return
Maria Sharapova spent time prior to the start of the Stuttgart Grand Prix flinging a factory-fresh 700-horsepower Porsche 911 RT2 RS around a test track in Germany's...
Harden shines as Rockets soar over Timberwolves
James Harden scored 36 points as the Houston Rockets moved to the brink of a Western Conference first round playoff series victory with a 119-100 rout of the Minnesota...
Arakji hit by season-ending injury
Riyadi’s worst fears were confirmed Monday after talisman Wael Arakji was ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in...
Rockets use 50-point 3rd quarter to blow out Timberwolves
James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team's 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on...
Cavs, Wizards, Bucks even series
LeBron James scored 32 points and Kyle Korver hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory over the Indiana...
A 29-year-old chef who collapsed while running in Sunday's London Marathon has died in hospital, event organizers said Monday.
Lee bloodies, beats Barboza by TKO
Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture.
Khan beats Lo Greco in just 39 seconds
Amir Khan’s first bout in a British ring for five years saw him knock out Canada’s Phil Lo Greco in a mere 39 seconds Saturday.
Kipchoge clocks third London Marathon win
Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time Sunday, with Mo Farah breaking the British record as he finished third, while there was a surprise victory for...
Farah unhappy with marathon staff despite record-breaking result
Mo Farah was unhappy with the way staff at the London Marathon handled a mishap with his drinks bottle, even though he went on to break the British record on Sunday.
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...
Yara al-Hasbani was putting on her makeup for a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death.
Jazz, star of the show at Nijmeh Square
The sixth edition of International Jazz Day is being marked in Lebanon with a weekend of free jazz concerts at Nijmeh Square.
Global music sales grow record 8.1 percent in 2017: Industry
The global music industry soared a record 8.1 percent last year as digital sales for the first time made up the majority of revenue thanks to the streaming boom, 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...
Sony teases varied slate at CinemaCon
Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tom Rothman assured theater owners Monday that his studio is dedicated to appealing to a range of audiences – from global...
At Tribeca, VR tackles harsh real-world issues
“Once you walk through that door, you will be in Syria.”
Sophia Al-Maria wins new $100,000 prize
Ibrahim Nasrallah wins Arabic book prize for dystopian novel
Jordanian-Palestinian writer Ibrahim Nasrallah has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction with a novel about humanity's capacity for savagery.
The global music industry soared a record 8.1 percent last year as digital sales for the first time made up the majority of revenue thanks to the streaming boom, the industry said Tuesday.
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...
Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tom Rothman assured theater owners Monday that his studio is dedicated to appealing to a range of audiences – from global franchises to family films, action pics and comedies, to Quentin Tarantino’s Leonardo DiCaprio-Brad Pitt film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
‘The Exorcist’ director captures the real thing
William Friedkin, director of the 1973 classic film “The Exorcist,” is dealing with the devil again.
Cameron aiming for four ‘Avatar’ sequels
“Avatar” director James Cameron said he still aims to make four sequels to the 2009 science fiction blockbuster and is moving ahead with production while regulators...
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...
‘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...
Church bells played one of Avicii's biggest hits in the Swedish capital Stockholm Tuesday, paying tribute to the DJ and record producer who was found dead last week.
It's a boy: Kate, wife of prince William, gives birth
Kate, wife of UK's Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, the couple's third child, her husband's office said.
Actor Verne Troyer from 'Austin Powers' films dead at 49
Actor Verne Troyer from the "Austin Powers" movie franchise has died.
Pacquiao to launch own cryptocurrency
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...
A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing a greater threat to Asia’s wild herds than the ivory trade.
Amazon workers protest Bezos in Berlin
Hundreds of Amazon employers protested Tuesday against working conditions in Berlin, where the megagroup's founder Jeff Bezos was due to receive a prize.
Does alcohol lead to PMS?
Researchers reported a link Monday between PMS and drinking alcohol, but could not conclude whether premenstrual suffering causes women to hit the bottle or the other...
Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids
Federal health officials Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents,...
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.
Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to third child
Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a boy at a hospital in London Monday, the third child for the British royal couple and now fifth in line to the throne....
Monkey in 'selfie' cannot sue for copyright: US court
Monkeys lack standing to sue for copyright protection and an animal rights group cannot act as legal guardian in such matters, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, in...
Key life events of William, Kate and their family
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth Monday to a baby boy, a third child for her and Prince William and a younger brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Some...
Researchers reported a link Monday between PMS and drinking alcohol, but could not conclude whether premenstrual suffering causes women to hit the bottle or the other way round.
After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again
Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to brace for impact. The plane hurtling toward the unforgiving ground.
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,...
Alphabet Inc's Google unveiled on Wednesday its first Gmail redesign since 2013, capping what the company says was an expensive overhaul two years in the making to adopt security and offline functionality and better resemble Microsoft Outlook.
WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change
WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming...
Macedonia: 8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found
Paleontologists from Bulgaria and Macedonia are excavating the fossilized remains of a prehistoric elephant believed to pre-date the mammoth, after its bones were...
Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah
Construction workers in Iran may have unearthed the mummified remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the father of the country's last monarch, nearly four decades after the...
Construction robots beat worker shortage
Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts...
The colors of Tunisia’s landscape change hourly with the light of the Mediterranean sun.
Spain: Mallorca to ban renting apartments to tourists
Palma on the island of Mallorca plans to become the first Spanish city to prohibit the rental of apartments to tourists.
With the world slowly but surely embracing the electric car culture in an attempt to rein in harmful emissions, it was only going to be a matter of time before that mindset began making inroads into our own country.
Want to Avoid Car Buyer’s Remorse? Here’s How
We make hundreds of decisions every day, most without them giving much thought.
Lamborghini Aventador S: Last Beast Standing
Where in Lebanon can you drive a car like this?
Total Domination: Touring Tannourine With Lebanon Porsche Club
The best thing about having a passion is being part of a community that shares that passion. Arguably that is never truer than when it comes to cars.
Infiniti QX80: Third Time’s the Charm
Dubai is truly a magnificent city, a demonstration of what can be accomplished if you know what you want and you have the will and the cash to see it through.
A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing a threat to Asia's wild herds even greater than the ivory trade.
General Electric to trial world’s largest wind turbine in Britain
U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday.
Verne Troyer has died, he was 49
Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil’s small, silent sidekick “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” movie franchise, has died. He was 49.
Census finds increase in Mekong River's Irrawaddy dolphins
Cambodia's government and a major conservation group say the number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for...
New York banning cars from Central Park
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...