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Berri hails Army’s achievements as ‘ray of light’
Speaker Nabih Berri hailed Tuesday as an “important accomplishment” the Lebanese Army’s regaining of two strategic hilltops in northeast Lebanon.
ISIS loses more than 20 villages in Syria
Syrian regime forces and Kurdish militia fought separate battles with ISIS militants in a strategic area near the Iraqi and Turkish borders, a monitoring group said.
How Islamic is ISIS? Not very, experts confirm
Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become “jihadi” brides.
Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany agree on OSCE role in conflict zone: Poroshenko
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine by telephone on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a...
Assir disciple dead in Syria
A supporter of fugitive Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir died fighting alongside rebel groups in Syria, his family announced Monday.
Investigators rule school head’s death a murder
Investigators ruled Monday that the director of the Omar bin al-Khattab College in Al-Tariq al-Jadideh was murdered, a security source told The Daily Star.
Hezbollah firm on Aoun, wants understanding
Hezbollah Monday reiterated its support for MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, saying serious talks to break the 9-month-old presidential impasse required understanding...
Israel says it busted Gaza smuggling ring
Israel said Monday it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing...
Beleaguered Hamas struggles to mend Iran ties
After years of strained relations over the Syrian conflict, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to mend ties with its traditional backer Iran. But...
ISIS allegedly threatens Twitter executive, staff
Twitter Inc. and U.S. authorities are investigating alleged threats made by ISIS militants against the social media network’s co-founder and other employees, according...
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine by telephone on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement published on his website.
Women half the winners in local French elections
In France’s upcoming local elections, one thing is certain: Women will win half the seats.
Nemtsov’s date says she did not see killer
The Ukrainian woman with Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov when he was gunned down told Russia media Monday that she did not see his killer, as conflicting reports emerged...
Boko Haram video shows 2 beheaded men accused of spying
A video allegedly from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremist group shows two beheaded bodies of men accused of spying.
Accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court for a hearing in which defense lawyers and federal prosecutors will tussle over a few remaining...
Lebanon’s Finance Ministry has fined 11 gas stations over price manipulation and withholding fuel, amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption in the sector.
Cost of living to rise, 57 pct of Lebanese say
Almost one-third of Lebanese believe that their financial position will improve in the next six months, while 57 percent are expecting the cost of living to rise within...
Mobily a warning as Saudi market opens
Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest phone operator is bearing the brunt of a cleanup by the market regulator before the bourse is opened to foreigners for the first time.
Oil price volatility to curb M&As
The oil market volatility will likely curb merger and acquisition activity across several sectors in in the first half of 2015.
Nasdaq hits 15-year high at 5,000 points
U.S. stock prices rose Monday, with the Nasdaq composite touching the 5,000-point mark for the first time in 15 years, while the dollar hit an 11-year high on...
Lebanon, Belgium to work on bridging trade imbalance
Total Lebanese exports to Belgium reached $30 million in 2014, said Fouad Zmokhol, president of the Lebanese Businessmen Association.
Lebanon banks seek anti-money laundering progress
The Association of Banks in Lebanon called on Parliament to ratify three draft laws to combat money laundering that the Cabinet already approved three years ago.
Lebanon fines 11 gas stations over fuel fraud
Lebanon’s Finance Ministry has fined 11 gas stations over price manipulation and withholding fuel amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption in the sector.
Turkey to explore for oil in Iraq's Qandil region
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Monday Turkey will explore for oil in the Qandil region of Iraq and that a move towards disarmament by the outlawed Kurdistan...
Abu Dhabi’s Eagle Hills said building Egypt city
Eagle Hills, an Abu Dhabi-based developer of international projects, plans to build a new city near Cairo with a large number of homes for low- and middle-income...
Saudi satisfaction signals $60 oil anchor
OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is feeling vindicated after a strategy of allowing oil to flood the market has begun to achieve what it was aiming for.
U.S. stock prices rose Monday, with the Nasdaq composite touching the 5,000-point mark for the first time in 15 years, while the dollar hit an 11-year high on expectations the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates later this year.
How billionaires in UK use homes to hide assets
On London’s Billionaires Row in Hampstead, the seven-bedroom Carlton House with its 50-foot ballroom, underground swimming pool and 10-person Turkish bath is for sale...
Managers turn to dark pools to carry out trades
Asset managers need another way to trade bonds now that dealer banks have scaled back their operations. Fortunately, electronic platforms are rising to the challenge.
Google to offer own cellular network plan
Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates
Mobile industry tiptoes towards 5G
Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of...
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...
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...
Nothing guarantees liberty like the rule of law
In one of his last essays, the late, great historian Tony Judt asked what we should have learned from the last century, a period in which so many soldiers and civilians...
Support for a vital force
Logistical and financial support to the Army is obviously vital right now, as it battles militants on the border with Syria, but it also crucial that it receives...
Hate is hate, not politics
An arson attack on a Christian seminary in Jerusalem Thursday, and a similar attack on a mosque the day before are hate crimes, committed by extremist individuals, and...
Two dozen presidents
The Cabinet is the only one of Lebanon’s top political institutions – the others being the presidency and Parliament – that has been able to function in recent months,...
Don’t blame Snowden for the ISIS fiasco
It was only a matter of time before an American official would use the ISIS stick against the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
With Netanyahu the perfect is enemy of the good
Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: “If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing.”
Arab armies can only make matters worse
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s suggestion that our region needs a joint Arab military force to deal with escalating threats from armed factions in lands such...
In one of his last essays, the late, great historian Tony Judt asked what we should have learned from the last century, a period in which so many soldiers and civilians died in conflict.
Turkey’s Kurds weigh an election choice
When the Kurdish-dominated Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) decided to contest Turkey’s upcoming June 2015 general election as a party rather than as independent...
Russia’s ‘conscience’ battles the state
Any battle between the Russian state and its political opponents has always been an unequal contest, since the state brings an overwhelming superiority to such...
Britain’s intelligence net needs repairs
It is hard not to fear for the defense of the realm these days. When the head of the government body charged with overseeing the British intelligence services is daft...
Keep your mouth shut if words produce no action
In public policy, peace talks, election campaigns or corporate strategy, laying out intentions, promises and commitments is never enough.
Seydou Keita salvaged a share of the points for 10-man Roma in a 1-1 draw with Juventus that saw the champions retain their nine-point lead at the top of Serie A Monday.
Misfiring Man City must change and adapt
If you were to ask Premier League fans which attacking players they would like their clubs to sign given a limitless budget, the likes of Manchester City’s Sergio...
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.
McLaren sure Alonso will be fit for first race
McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis has insisted that Fernando Alonso should be ready to race at the opening Grand Prix of the season in Australia despite spending three...
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.
Johnson suspended by Sunderland after arrest
Sunderland suspended England winger Adam Johnson Monday after he was arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage girl.
Real’s stumble offers mouthwatering El Clasico
Real Madrid’s draw at home to Villarreal in La Liga Sunday not only cut their lead over second-placed Barcelona to two points but also means ‘El Clasico’ in three weeks...
Real Madrid held at home by Villarreal
Real Madrid missed the chance to move four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal Sunday.
Alonso leaves hospital, to miss final test
McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will miss this week’s final preseason test in Barcelona after leaving hospital Wednesday following a big crash three days ago.
Alonso ‘ok and conscious’ after crash in testing
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was taken to hospital after being involved in a heavy crash on the final day of preseason testing in Barcelona Sunday.
F1 drivers told to keep a lid on helmet changes
Formula One drivers are to be barred from changing helmet designs during the course of a season in a ruling aimed at helping fans identify their heroes and also...
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...
Federer blitz earns Davis Cup rematch
Roger Federer escaped from trouble with a remarkable 20-point winning sequence which helped him into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open in search of his seventh title...
James Harden scored 33 points and LeBron James missed a pair of free-throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Houston Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday.
Derby awarded to Riyadi after mass brawl
The Beirut derby between Riyadi and Sagesse was abandoned with 40 seconds to go after a mass brawl interrupted the match with Riyadi leading 109-98 at Manara Sunday in...
Hawks rest four players, still top Heat 93-91
Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Atlanta Hawks still had enough to beat the Miami Heat 93-91...
Riyadi aim to avenge humiliating loss
All eyes will be on Manara Stadium Sunday as Riyadi host arch-rivals Sagesse, looking to gain derby bragging rights in the regular season’s final round of the Lebanese...
Mouttahed deal Champville a crushing loss
Mouttahed dealt Champville a humiliating 92-69 loss in the final round of the regular season at Safadi stadium, as the Tripoli side snatched fifth place from...
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 particular wicket was no surprise to anyone.
Sri Lanka hammer England in third loss
England’s hopes of reaching the quarterfinals were left hanging by a thread as Sri Lanka inflicted their third crushing defeat of the World Cup Sunday, while Pakistan...
Rousey stops Zingano in record 14 seconds
Ronda Rousey has stopped every opponent she has faced in her meteoric mixed martial arts career, so a first-round victory is no shock for the UFC’s bantamweight champion.
De Villiers smashes S. Africa to record win
AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record...
Dancing, gunfire as Afghans enjoy cricket win
Hundreds of jubilant Afghan cricket fans flooded onto the streets of major cities Thursday, dancing, waving flags and firing AK-47s in celebration at their team’s...
Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy.
Fashionable or geeky -- the modern watch dilemma
It's Milan fashion week, you've got tickets to the catwalk shows and an outfit to die for, but which watch to wear? A chunky smartwatch or chic ticker that can't tell...
Nimble 2-Series injects fun back in BMW
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...
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...
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...
Faberge unveils first Imperial egg in 99 years
Once the jewel-encrusted playthings of the Russian royal family, the first Faberge Imperial egg produced in almost a century was unveiled in Qatar this week.
Madeira: a wine that deserves more attention
The island of Madeira off Africa’s northwest coast only has 450 hectares of vines used to make the wine officially designated as Madeira.
Brand new Gucci gets Milan off to a flier
Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele unveiled a veritable feast of beanies and flouncy, nipple-flashing outfits as Milan Fashion Week started with a...
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.
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...
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 break into.
Madonna rocked Nicolas Jebran blazer at the Brits
Madonna performed at the Brit Awards in London last week wearing a blazer signed by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.
The complex world of customer service in Lebanon
If you enjoy a quiet life then here’s a tip: Never initiate a conversation about customer service standards in Lebanon.
A guide to Beirut’s hidden gems
Beirut’s architecture is a confusing mix of old and new, untouched and scarred. For the visitor trying to navigate its streets, the city seems like obstacle course that...
Reopened Zaarour resort aims to lure families
A short drive from Beirut, perched more than 1,500 meters above sea level, the Zaarour ski resort is nestled in the Metn mountain range.
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.
Softbank to add learning technology to robot
Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to...
Samsung reveals potential for TVs to eavesdrop
Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing.
Parenting tech keeps tabs on children
American parents may not have the resources of the National Security Agency, but it’s not that hard for them to snoop on their smartphone-addicted kids.
“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 reassuring.
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.
An abseil a day keeps this doctor away
When he arrived in the Sultanate of Oman almost 20 years ago to set up shop as a surgeon, Dr. Khaled Abdul Malak had not yet discovered his dormant passion for...
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.
Scientists find eating peanuts prevents allergy
In research that contradicts years of health advice, scientists have said that babies at risk of developing a childhood peanut allergy can avoid it if they are given...
Eating placentas? US moms swear by health benefits
Health trends come and go, but one post-birth fad is gaining a foothold in the United States among some new mothers who extol the benefits of eating their own placentas.
Public transit has proven a fertile source of storytelling inspiration.
David Bailey: photographer to the stars
He may be a swinging ’60s icon but British photographer David Bailey up close is a wisecracking crank who shrugs off his immense success as one of the world’s most...
Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp Focus
If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on – when of course you haven’t a clue – that’s also the mark of a good...
Will Smith's 'Focus' opens with $19.1 million to win U.S. box office
Will Smith's new action drama "Focus" booted the kinky sex tale "Fifty Shades of Grey" for its perch atop U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, racking up $19.1...
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...
Iraq reopens Baghdad museum
Iraq’s national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the U.S.-led...
Deceptive smiles and dangerous masks
A florid man with a wide, red smile bristling with teeth and a beard unaccompanied by a moustache proudly clutches the phallic gold silhouette of the World Cup trophy...
Istanbul intellectual seeks refuge in "Winter Sleep"
A middle-aged hotelier puts on a jovial face for his young guest, who’s arrived at this Central Anatolian village on a motocross bike. Aydin, the hotelier, asks the...
If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on – when of course you haven’t a clue – that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it?
Modern Family producer talks shooting with iPhone
For this week’s “Modern Family,” producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices.
Madonna’s tumble overshadows Brit Awards
Madonna’s on-stage fall at the Brit Awards unleashed a wave of Internet jokes about the star’s cape malfunction Thursday, overshadowing wins for British singers Sam...
Pussy Riot take on Putin in new House of Cards
Two members of the Pussy Riot punk rock band, who served jail time for a stunt slamming President Vladimir Putin, have once again struck out at the Russian leader.
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 Twitter on Saturday.
Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel
The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on...
Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to Japan's prince
Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito.
'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,...
Glam rock star Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for child abuse
Glam rock star Gary Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of abusing three young girls in the latest child sex scandal to bring...
Fallout from the Brit awards shook up the music charts on Sunday, knocking U.S. rock band Imagine Dragons off the top spot in favour of English singer/songwriter Sam Smith, data from the Official Charts company showed.
Noel Gallagher looks ahead with Chasing Yesterday
Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is putting his past behind him, releasing a new solo album, ruling out a reunion with his brother Liam and even being nice about...
Disabled punk rockers to compete in Eurovision Song Contest
Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will compete for Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest semifinal after winning the Nordic country's national qualifying...
Ed Sheeran wins best British record at top UK music awards
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran took home the coveted best album prize at Britain's top music honours on Wednesday for "X" at a star-studded Brit Awards show in London.
Imagine Dragons oust Drake from Billboard 200 throne
Alt-rockers Imagine Dragons knocked rapper Drake from the top spot of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, after a strategically placed commercial...