German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Beirut Thursday afternoon to hold talks with Lebanon’s leaders on economic issues and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Aoun promises to form a representative government
President Michel Aoun Friday said he will work with all political leaders to quickly form a Lebanese government that represents the wishes of the people, so that the...
Pope Francis: 'Invest wisely' in migrants' home countries
Pope Francis, who has put the plight of migrants in Europe at the heart of his concerns, said Thursday it was time "to invest wisely to give them work and education" in...
Four killed during World Cup match in Uganda
A fight erupted in a refugee camp in Uganda during a World Cup soccer match and four people were killed, police said, adding they have arrested 15 refugees from South...
Coalition faces tough battle for Hudaida seaport
The Arab-led coalition riding high over its successful capture of Hudaida airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis faces a daunting challenge to seize Yemen’s main...
Smugglers injured, killed at Lebanon border
The Lebanese Army killed one smuggler and injured another after they attempted to cross the Lebanese border illegally in the Bekaa region Friday.
Army dismantles Israeli spy system in S. Lebanon
The Lebanese Army Friday dismantled a network of Israeli spy devices in south Lebanon’s Hasbaya district, a security source told The Daily Star.
No war between Hezbollah and Israel: Russian envoy
Russia does not expect an imminent war between Hezbollah and Israel, Moscow’s envoy to Lebanon said in remarks published Friday.
Pope Francis, who has put the plight of migrants in Europe at the heart of his concerns, said Thursday it was time "to invest wisely to give them work and education" in their countries of origin, in particular in Africa.
Ukraine extends its Russian sanctions list
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to enact a recently adopted decision to expand sanctions on Russian companies and entities, Ukraine's council of...
US worker confirmed hurt by mystery Cuba incidents
Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the...
MSF aid workers used prostitutes: report
Global charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Thursday that it needed to make it easier for staff to report sexual misconduct after a media report said employees...
The Arab-led coalition riding high over its successful capture of Hudaida airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis faces a daunting challenge to seize Yemen’s main seaport, the ultimate prize in the biggest offensive of the war.
Jordan’s king to visit White House next week
U.S. President Donald Trump will host Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House next week, the administration said in a statement Thursday.
Activist group says Syrian army drops barrel bombs
A war monitor reported Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, escalating an...
East Libyan forces advance to retake oil ports
East Libyan forces said Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, though clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf in the afternoon after a...
Top Iraq court orders manual election recount
Iraq’s supreme court Thursday ordered a manual recount of May 12 legislative elections, a process expected to take weeks although Parliament’s mandate runs out at the...
Jammal Trust Bank and in collaboration with the USAID launched “Financial Inclusion and Financial Literacy initiatives.”
IMF: Lebanon needs 'immediate' fiscal adjustment
Lebanon requires "an immediate and substantial" fiscal adjustment to improve the sustainability of public debt that stood at more than 150 percent of gross domestic...
Turkish markets haven’t been so bad before vote
In 15 years of Recep Tayyip Erdogan governments, Turkish markets have mostly relished the last month leading up to elections.
Saudi women’s economic role to receive boost
The end of a decades-old female driving ban is expected to bring an economic windfall for millions of Saudi women, making it easier for them to work and do business.
Airbus says no-deal Brexit would threaten its role in UK
Airbus issued its strongest warning yet over the impact of Britain's departure from the European Union, saying a withdrawal without a deal would force it to reconsider...
Market downturn deals blow to Solidere bottom line
The real estate giant Solidere recorded a loss close to $117 million in 2017 due to a drop in property sales.
Market downturn deals losses to Solidere
Israel, Egypt gas partners near EMG pipeline deal
The companies developing Israel’s largest natural gas fields and an Egyptian partner are close to a deal that would give them control of the pipeline to Egypt,...
Colony Capital agrees to buy key Abraaj funds
Colony Capital Inc. agreed to buy some of Abraaj Group’s key funds and oversee others as the Dubai-based private-equity firm attempts a court-supervised restructuring...
Iran 'ready for deal' with other OPEC countries: minister
Iran's oil minister said Thursday that the country is ready to reach agreement with the other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)...
Iran hints compromise at oil output deal
Iran signaled Wednesday it could compromise on a small increase in OPEC oil output when the group meets this week, as Saudi Arabia scrambled to convince fellow members...
Airbus issued its strongest warning yet over the impact of Britain's departure from the European Union, saying a withdrawal without a deal would force it to reconsider its long-term position and put thousands of British jobs at risk.
Saudis take consumers’ side ahead of OPEC talks
With less than 24 hours to go before a pivotal meeting, Saudi Arabia urged OPEC to help consumers by boosting oil supply as opposition from archrival Iran showed signs...
Sterling rebounds after calls for rate hike
The pound rebounded against the dollar and the euro Thursday after the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold but a vote for a hike by its chief economist...
Intel CEO resigns after probe
Intel Corp. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich resigned Thursday after a probe found his consensual relationship with an employee violated company policy.
Disney sweetens offer for Fox to $71B
Walt Disney Co. raised its offer for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets to $71.3 billion, outbidding Comcast Corp. in a battle for one of the media...
The U.S. government Tuesday announced it was pulling out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, accusing it of “chronic bias” against Israel.
Power of attraction
The heart cannot be governed.
Razzaz faces a rough road ahead in Jordan
On June 5, one day after King Abdullah II had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, Omar al-Razzaz was designated as Jordan’s new prime minister,...
The despot and the diplomat
Back in 2005, when I was the United States’ lead negotiator at the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, I looked at the instructions I received for my...
Trump’s ‘deal’ with Kim is far from closed
U.S. President Trump boasted last weekend that his “denuclearization deal” with Kim Jong Un could “save potentially millions & millions of lives!”
It’s always a good idea to get out of your own way if you want to reach your stated goals.
The U.N.’s presence in Lebanon dates back to the early ’50s, just a few years after the end of World War II, with the arrival at the time of UNRWA, which looked after...
Crossing red lines
After moving a friendly football match between Israel and Argentina from Haifa to occupied Jerusalem, Israel’s Sports Minister Miri Regev has seen her plans unravel as...
On June 5, one day after King Abdullah II had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, Omar al-Razzaz was designated as Jordan’s new prime minister, and the Cabinet was formed by royal decree on June 15.
The value of government risk-taking
Economic debates are often presented as black-and-white battles between conservatives calling for smaller government and progressives arguing for more public spending.
Energy for the common good
The climate crisis we now face is a reflection of a broader crisis: a global confusion of means and ends.
Why markets, political scientists disagree on G-7
To say that this month’s summit of G-7 leaders in Canada was an unusual one would be an understatement.
In his deal with Trump, Kim gave up very little
Credit President Trump for seizing the diplomatic moment at the Singapore summit.
How Carter Page got tangled in the Russian web
Back in July 2016, just before the formal launch of the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, a bureau informant met in Britain...
Democrats need to find their voice on tariffs
Is U.S. President Donald Trump’s pitch to disgruntled manufacturing workers a leading political indicator, portending future trends, or a lagging one, appealing to a...
Behind Trump’s zigzag route to Singapore
“Are you on the road or in the ditch?”
Lionel Messi's Argentina were on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit on Thursday after they were humbled 3-0 by Croatia on a dramatic day at the World Cup that saw the European side join France in the knockout rounds.
Germany expects turnaround in 'final' with Sweden
World Cup holders Germany face enormous pressure ahead of their second group match against Sweden, dubbed an "early final", with Joachim Loew's team knowing defeat on...
Wawrinka rocked by Queen's blow
Stan Wawrinka's Wimbledon preparations suffered a blow as the Swiss star crashed to a 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 defeat against Sam Querrey at Queen's Club on Wednesday.
Murray must overcome mental challenge after injury: Djokovic
Former world number one Novak Djokovic says overcoming the mental challenge will be Andy Murray's biggest obstacle when he returns to tennis after a long-term hip injury.
Suns make Bahamas' Ayton the top pick in NBA draft
The Phoenix Suns didn't have to go far to get Deandre Ayton in the NBA draft, as they made the towering Bahamian teenager their first No. 1 overall pick in franchise...
Argentina hang by a thread after Croatia drubbing
Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina Thursday.
Captain Jedinak rescues draw for Australia
Captain Mile Jedinak rode to Australia’s World Cup rescue with a penalty to cancel out Christian Eriksen’s superb opener for Denmark, securing a 1-1 draw Thursday that...
France through to last-16 but not at their best
France might have sealed their place in the second round but Les Bleus again exasperated en route to an unconvincing 1-0 win over Peru in their Group C encounter...
Murray to make competitive return at Queen's Club next week: BBC
Britain's former world number one Andy Murray will make his competitive return from hip surgery at the Queen's Club tournament next week, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Nadal to miss Wimbledon warm-up
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club as the world number one takes a break following his latest French Open triumph.
Nadal keeps old guard firmly in control
When Rafael Nadal broke down in tears on the Roland Garros podium Sunday as 15,000 people, plus a smattering of Hollywood heavyweights, stood and honored his staggering...
The Phoenix Suns didn't have to go far to get Deandre Ayton in the NBA draft, as they made the towering Bahamian teenager their first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history on Thursday.
Lue says intends to coach Cavaliers next season
Despite dealing with health issues and facing the strong likelihood LeBron James won’t be on the roster, Tyronn Lue said he intends to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Trump says he will not invite NBA champs to White House
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he will not host either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors at the White House, echoing the controversy over the...
Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt – and a very familiar spot – as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.
Sixers boss Colangelo quits over bogus Twitter accounts
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo quit on Thursday after it emerged that his wife operated fake Twitter accounts to praise his work...
Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear to be poised for a title unification bout in the division’s most anticipated matchup.
Duval: Expect to get your teeth kicked in
Former world No. 1 David Duval says “expecting to get your teeth kicked in” is a prerequisite for any player with designs of winning the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock...
Whittaker victorious in Romero rematch
Robert Whittaker barely got the fight to the judges before they handed him a win in a grueling rematch. Whittaker survived a staggering blow in the fifth round to beat...
Crawford scores TKO, wins WBO welterweight title
With a bevy of punches in the ninth round, Terence Crawford solidified his case as one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world.
Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on comeback
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury declared that he was completely happy with his four-round comeback win Saturday night – despite a lack of action.
Mercedes are playing catch-up but Ferrari will falter, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said after German rival Sebastian Vettel won in Canada Sunday to take over at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Lorenzo first for Ducati at Mugello
Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo took his first win for Ducati in a home one-two for the Italian team at Mugello Sunday while MotoGP leader Marc Marquez crashed and failed to score.
Spain's Lorenzo wins Italian MotoGP
Spain's Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first MotoGP win of the season riding an Italian bike, a Ducati, at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello on Sunday.
Power completes mission with Indy 500 win
Will Power was on a critical mission Sunday, to finally win the Indianapolis 500 and prove that he belonged amongst the higher echelons of drivers.
Monaco under fire for ‘most boring F1 race ever
The Monaco Grand Prix faced a growing barrage of criticism Monday after Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton described it as “probably the most boring race ever.”
After some downtime, Zico House, Sanayeh’s renowned artist space, is hosting “Talent Unbound,” a thematically diverse group exhibition punctuated by workshops and artist talks.
By-the-numbers ‘Ocean’s 8’ covers usual territory
Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake is a hard movie to live up to.
Turkish rapper Ezhel acquitted on first day of trial
An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, activists and lawyers said, on the...
Beyonce, Jay-Z surprise with joint album
Music's most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album late Saturday, a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital...
China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show
A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of "Last Week Tonight" and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his...
Music fans mark 70 years since first LP
In the basement of the British Library, Andy Linehan inspects the latest addition to a massive archive of wax cylinders, cassettes, LPs and CDs – a vinyl record that...
The space between Syria’s past, future
“The Space Between,” now up at Galerie Tanit, explores intermediate spaces – whether a migration journey, or the distance between ancient civilizations and the present.
No lasses in distress need saving in ‘Damsel’
Pitiful men and their delusions of romance is the stuff of David and Nathan Zellner’s clever and melancholy-western movie “Damsel,” an offbeat odyssey about the...
An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, activists and lawyers said, on the first day of a trial that had sparked widespread alarm.
U2 dedicates song to Anthony Bourdain at Apollo show
U2 frontman Bono honored the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band's special performance Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Armed with poetry and rap, South Sudan's young artists battle for peace
A group of artists and musicians in South Sudan is on a mission - to mobilize young people across the country through music, graffiti and poetry to help bring peace to...
After pro-Trump bravado, Kanye turns inward on album
Kanye West succeeded in rocketing back into the headlines through his stubbornly contrarian lovefest with Donald Trump. But on a new album he offers a reminder of what...
A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of "Last Week Tonight" and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country's crackdown on human rights.
Spacey film set for release in summer
Kevin Spacey was erased from “All the Money in the World” and excised from “House of Cards,” but he will appear in a movie being released this summer.
Ferrell to star in Eurovision comedy
“Anchorman” star Will Ferrell is set to direct and appear in a Netflix movie based on the Eurovision Song Contest, the glitzy annual musical extravaganza known for its...
Strong First Nations presence in ‘Yellowstone’
“Yellowstone” has everything a Western should – breathtaking vistas, land battles and Kevin Costner.
AFI highlights Clooney’s life of acting, activism
In a career spanning more than three decades, George Clooney’s fought vampires and Batman villains and drifted through space.
Noted Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who directed orchestras in Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna and London, has died at age 87.
UK to offer Stephen Hawking fellowships
Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honor of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the...
Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: CNN
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, has died at the age of 61, the network said Friday.
Amal Clooney speaks from the heart as George gets lifetime award
Amal Clooney on Thursday paid unprecedented public tribute to her movie star husband George Clooney, calling him a gentleman, an amazing husband and father and the love...
Kim Jong Un lookalike set to make impression at summit
As the world awaits the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, one man who has risen to prominence for his impressions of the North Korean leader is...
Christian, aged 10, has 20 pairs of high-end sneakers in his closet at his home in the suburbs of New York.
Off-White draws attention at Paris menswear shows
The fashion circus of magazine editors, bloggers, photographers and buyers cried “Bonjour Paris” Wednesday as the first full day of menswear fashion shows kicked off in...
Gaming Disorder: WHO classifies new mental illness
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition – a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing...
Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO
Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' - addiction to video games has been recognized by...
Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels
Alexa has a new job: hotel concierge.
Oh snap! The African village that welcomes crocs
Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the...
Canadian senate passes marijuana bill
Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to...
Osteria Francescana named world’s best restaurant
Italy’s Osteria Francescana was crowned the world’s best restaurant for the second time Tuesday at an awards ceremony put on by British trade magazine Restaurant,...
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition – a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players.
Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition - a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing...
Paraguay declared malaria free amid concerns the disease rising again
Paraguay is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday, making it the first country in the Americas in 45 years to have wiped out the...
Romania reports African swine fever in backyard pigs
Romania has reported an outbreak of African swine fever among backyard pigs in the southern county of Tulcea, close to the border with Ukraine, the national food safety...
NASA rover knocked out as dust storm envelops Mars
NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.
Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020
Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other...
Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists
A massive new study finds that Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992.
Rare NY bug sightings draw fans from around the world
Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.
If the name Salvador Dali conjures images of melting watches and a conspicuous mustache but not really much else, then a visit to Spain’s “Dali Triangle” will not only make for a fantastic road trip, but will also show that there’s so much more to the renowned surrealist artist’s work.
Marking Tabasco’s 150th birthday with a tour
One of the world’s most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island,...
Archaeologists find ancient rock art in Egypt
Egypt says archaeologists have unearthed 3,500-year-old rock art depicting bulls, donkeys and sheep in the Eastern Desert.
Tourists are reliving ancient sport of falconry
Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
10 injured by heavy smoke in Frankfurt Airport vehicle fire
German airline Lufthansa says 10 airport workers have suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation when a vehicle pulling a jet to a gate caught on fire.
Too slow, inflexible, forgetful, always off sick. Those are some attitudes about older workers that car-maker Mercedes-Benz is trying to dispel as Germany grapples with the challenges of an aging society.
Tesla's Musk bashes media, proposes credibility check
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk gained the support Thursday of more than half a million people on Twitter for plans to create a website evaluating journalists'...
EU negotiators agreed Thursday to increase the share of renewables in the bloc's energy production to 32 percent by 2030, a higher target than in draft rules but short of the level sought by some governments and the European Parliament.
Thai turtle's plastic-filled stomach highlights ocean crisis
Startling images of plastic shreds, rubber bands and other debris found jammed in the stomach of a green turtle in Thailand have highlighted the crisis of waste-strewn...
Scientists, animal activists: Don't cull Romanian brown bear
Scientists and animal rights groups have urged the Romanian government to rethink its plans to allow the hunting of brown bears.
Rare lynx found in Spain after being released in Portugal
Spanish environmental authorities say they have captured a rare lynx in Catalonia, three years after it was released in Portugal.
Orangutan forest logged despite Indonesia gov't vow
Environmentalists say a tropical forest that's home to critically endangered orangutans on Borneo is being logged more than a year after Indonesia's forestry and...