The father of suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was once part of a Libyan militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, a Libyan security source said Thursday
Canada's Trudeau to continue sharing intelligence despite leaks
Canada will continue sharing intelligence with its allies, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday, despite reports of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration...
Qatar plays down fears of rift with Gulf states over 'fake' criticism by emir
Qatar Thursday played down fears of a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states over what it said were fake remarks by its emir criticizing U.S. foreign policy, saying they...
Kurdish militants kill 3 Turkish security force members: sources
Two Turkish soldiers and a policeman have been killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey, security sources said...
Four arrested in illegal cigarette trafficking bust
Security forces Thursday busted an illegal cigarette trafficking depot near the Masnaa border crossing in east Lebanon, the National News Agency reported
EU meets Turkey's Erdogan in bid to ease tensions
EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday in an effort to rebuild ties amid tensions over Turkey's EU accession...
Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia
Russia Thursday launched a probe into the deaths of three people in Siberian wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the authorities to impose a...
Obama 'heartbroken' by Manchester attack
Former United States President Barack Obama said at a Berlin reunion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday he was "heartbroken" by a suicide bombing that killed...
Qatar Thursday played down fears of a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states over what it said were fake remarks by its emir criticizing U.S. foreign policy, saying they shared the same interests and fate
Iraq radio show finds talent amid rubble of Mosul
It's a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul's youth after years of extremist rule and a months-long battle for the city
At least 34, mostly toddlers, drown off Libya
At least 34 migrants, most of them toddlers, drowned Wednesday, as coast guard boats and other vessels tried to save hundreds of others packed into boats off the coast...
UNICEF: Lives of 24 million children threatened
Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa threaten the lives of over 24 million children, most of them in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, the United Nation’s...
South Lebanon man kills wife, daughter before committing suicide
A south Lebanon man shot dead his wife and daughter before turning the weapon on himself Thursday night, a source told The Daily Star.
Design Week brings creativity and conviviality
Red flags dotted through the streets of Beirut marked out hubs of the local architects, artists and thinkers engaging with the theme “Is Design a Need?”
Bahrain foreign minister blasts Hezbollah
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa Wednesday launched an attack on Hezbollah over recent statements and said the Lebanese government was...
Businessman gets 15-year sentence in UAE dispute
A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a Lebanese-Swiss businessman accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working for one of its sheikhdoms to 15 years in...
Most bankers and economists hailed the renewal of Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh’s term but stressed the step is not enough if not matched by serious government efforts to reduce the deficit and shore up the economy.
Bifani projects precrisis capital inflows
Capital inflows to Lebanon are expected to reach pre-Syrian crisis levels while GDP is expected to grow 2.5 percent in 2017, Finance Ministry Director-General Alain...
OPEC nearing deal to extend output cut to March
OPEC and nonmember oil producers moved closer Wednesday to clinching a deal on extending output cuts by nine months to clear a global stocks overhang and prop up the...
Tunisia raises interest rate to highest in years
Tunisia raised its benchmark interest rate for the second consecutive month, pushing it to its highest level in more than five years in a bid to combat inflation and...
OPEC's oil squeeze to remain, but market wants more
Saudi Arabia's energy minister appeared bullish Thursday that an expected deal among oil producers in Vienna to extend cuts in output would ease a global crude glut
Industrial exports fall in February
Industrial exports dropped by 11.7 percent in February 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, a statement issued by the Industry minister said Monday.
Parliament committee working on budget
Parliament’s Finance and Budget Committee Monday completed the first of two sessions to finalize Lebanon’s 2017 state budget.
Demand for properties falls in first quarter 2017
Demand for properties in Lebanon dropped in the first quarter of 2017 despite the election of a president and formation of a Cabinet, according to the Byblos Bank Real...
OPEC and nonmember oil producers moved closer Wednesday to clinching a deal on extending output cuts by nine months to clear a global stocks overhang and prop up the price of crude.
Kuwait says OPEC, non-OPEC could deepen oil cuts
OPEC and non-member oil producers could deepen output cuts or extend them for a year at a meeting in Vienna this week, Kuwait said on Wednesday, as they seek to clear a...
Made in Syria: Spurring sales for Russian chain
In a Russian twist to the kind of consumer nationalism that Donald Trump is championing, a hard-charging retailer in Moscow has figured out how to turn Vladimir Putin’s...
OPEC set to prolong oil cuts
OPEC will likely agree to extend production cuts for another nine months, delegates said Tuesday as the oil producer group meets this week to debate how to tackle a...
Eastern European tech entrepreneurs draw interest
Tech entrepreneurs in central and southeastern European, many of whom already have experience of launching their own businesses, are now having more success at enticing...
Moody’s downgrades China
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded China’s credit ratings Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy...
Women CEOs earned more last year
Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there’s still very few of them running the world’s largest companies.
Megabrands turn to startups for big ideas
Food and drink megabrands are seeing their sales chewed away by smaller, nimbler, cooler rivals.
Now that the fanfare of Donald Trump’s trip to the Holy Land is over, and all they have to show for it are moments of entertainment, including Melania’s slap of her husband’s hand, the protocol blunders and a rookie lawmaker taking a selfie with the U.S. president, we are anything but amused.
Fight terror unfettered
As a people whose own region has long been the victim of terrorism, we can’t but condemn in the strongest manner the bombing attack that struck Manchester and express...
Changing the narrative about Haiti
Prioritizing spending alternatives is difficult in every country.
The Iranian opportunity
Last week, the people of Iran decided to continue along the path toward openness.
Midterms might become the ‘impeachment election’
President Richard Nixon was heading for a big re-election victory in November that would confound his critics.
In using terms such as historic, milestone and message of peace to describe his visit to the Holy Land, Donald Trump is hardly inventing the wheel.
Writing on the wall
The message emanating from the summits held in Riyadh over the past two days – echoed by U.S. President Donald Trump in his speech Sunday – was that Iran, Hezbollah and...
Legacy of negativity
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is welcome indeed to study the careers of some of the world’s most famous politicians and diplomats. Unfortunately, however, he seems to...
The deadly sins of U.S. imperialism
No one would have imagined that one of the greatest truths about American foreign policy would come from President Donald Trump during an interview with Fox News...
The Rouhani factor
Iran’s presidential election on May 19 was paradoxical and potentially pivotal.
How Macron can unite Europe
Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election sent a wave of relief and euphoria across Europe.
Trump vs. Comey is he said, he said scenario
For most of his life, Donald Trump has found words to be his friends. He has used them to build his business, dramatize his achievements and embellish his...
Scandals cast cloud over Trump overseas trip
As President Donald Trump embarks on his first overseas trip, he’s embracing the same defiant strategy adopted over a generation ago by an embattled predecessor,...
The Comey firing reminds us of a bigger danger
I have tried to evaluate Donald Trump’s presidency fairly.
A survival guide to abuse of power
On Tuesday night, a few hours after President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement that he was firing FBI Director James Comey, a prominent Republican politician gave me...
Manchester United and Manchester City Thursday pledged £1 million ($1.3m, 1.2m euros) to an emergency fund set up after the terror attack in the city that left 22 people dead
Rooney left out again by England boss Southgate
England's record international goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for next month's World Cup Group F qualifier away to Scotland and a...
Nadal back in power and closing in on La Decima
The video of Dominic Thiem’s surprise win over Rafael Nadal last week in Rome will be in high demand for those harboring hopes of stopping the Spaniard’s march toward a...
Injured Halep 50/50 for French Open
Romanian Simona Halep said Wednesday she was only “50/50” for Roland Garros having sustained a torn ankle ligament in last week’s Italian Open final.
Irving, James lead the way as Cavs down Celtics
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers battled to a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics Tuesday to move within one game of a...
Mourinho restores Man Utd's winning feeling
Judgement was reserved until the final game of his maiden campaign, but in guiding his club to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho has restored the winning feeling at...
Ziganda replaces Valverde at Athletic Bilbao
Jose Angel Ziganda will take charge of Athletic Bilbao next season after being promoted from his role in charge of the club's youth team
Tottenham's Pochettino 'not going anywhere': Levy
Tottenham executive chairman Daniel Levy Thursday declared manager Mauricio Pochettino would be staying at Spurs next season, saying: "I'm sure he's not going anywhere"
The video of Dominic Thiem’s surprise win over Rafael Nadal last week in Rome will be in high demand for those harboring hopes of stopping the Spaniard’s march toward a tenth French Open crown.
Djokovic can tap into Agassi's brilliant mind, says McEnroe
Novak Djokovic's decision to work with American great Andre Agassi at the French Open could be an inspired move as he seeks to recover his lost spark, according to John...
Muddled Murray searching for form ahead of Paris
When the ATP Race standings were updated this week Andy Murray, the world No. 1, languished down at 13th.
Kvitova ‘on track for Wimbledon’ after stabbing
Twice champion Petra Kvitova is set to play at Wimbledon this summer, less than seven months after she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, a member of her support...
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers battled to a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics Tuesday to move within one game of a place in the NBA Finals.
Warriors ready for third NBA Finals appearance
Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals.
LeBron exchanges words with fan after loss
LeBron James’ frustrating night kept going after one of the worst playoff games of his splendid career.
Kevin Durant, Warriors beat Spurs, take 3-0 lead
The Spurs were injured but Golden State was expecting a fevered fight on the home floor of the five-time NBA champions.
Desperate Spurs vow fightback against Warriors
Despite forward Kawhi Leonard being uncertain with a sprained left ankle and two disheartening NBA playoff losses at Golden State, the San Antonio Spurs have vowed to...
A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”
If I fight, it’ll likely be McGregor: Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Saturday a fight against UFC champion Conor McGregor is “90 percent” likely – if he boxes again.
Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix in Japan
Justin Gatlin of the United States clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday.
Gaviria wins his 4th stage of this year's Giro d'Italia
Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria sprinted to his fourth stage victory at the Giro d'Italia on Friday in his Grand Tour debut.
McGregor agrees to Mayweather bout with UFC
Conor McGregor has come to an agreement with UFC moving a proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. closer to reality.
The chummy rivalry between Formula One champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel could be tested at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, an unforgiving circuit where drivers are often pushed to the limit.
Ex-champion Hayden dies after cycling accident
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died five days after the American was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy, his Honda World Superbike team said in a...
Dixon wins Indy pole, Alonso starts fifth
New Zealand’s Scott Dixon won the pole for next week’s Indy 500 when he posted the fastest average speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.
Ex-MotoGP champion Hayden dies after bicycle crash
American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden died, the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital announced on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle....
Button says Monaco return poses no pressure
Jenson Button says he feels no pressure ahead of his one-off Formula One comeback with McLaren in Monaco this weekend because he has nothing riding on it.
A sumptuous Stockholm museum filled with grotesquely pretentious conceptual art is at the center of “The Square,” a Palme d’Or nominee at Cannes that switches between surrealism, comedy of manners, thriller and social commentary.
Met works to rebound from money woes
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a behemoth of culture and wealth, is rebounding from more than a year of internal turmoil and financial problems.
Hayek: Hollywood treats actresses like monkeys
Salma Hayek has laid into Hollywood sexism, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and gets rid of them once they realize they are smart.
Bronzed beachguards of ‘Baywatch’ are back
For a generation of fans, “Baywatch” was an escapist fantasy that invoked sun, surf and some famously silicone-enhanced stars jogging slo-mo in form-fitting red lycra...
Some musicians cancel concerts after Manchester blast
The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go...
Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, dies
LONDON: Roger Moore, the suave, insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89.According to a family statement posted on Moore’s official...
Hidden sex lives of Iranians in Cannes film
Ali Soozandeh knows his film about the secret sex lives of Iranians will never be shown there.
Venice Biennale taps artistic angst
With nationalism on the rise, political engagement is central to the artistic dialogue at the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest contemporary art fair, opening Saturday.
Cannes festival holds moment of silence for Manchester
The Cannes Film Festival paused Tuesday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Cult series Twin Peaks makes long-awaited return
Nearly three decades after its debut, “Twin Peaks,” the cult TV series that paved the way for a new age of television, returned Sunday with cable network Showtime...
Former James Bond actor Roger Moore dies aged 89
British actor Roger Moore, who won international fame playing secret agent James Bond, died on Tuesday aged 89, his family said on the actor's official Twitter account
The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52
Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52.
Janet Jackson separates from husband, plans to resume tour
Janet Jackson has confirmed a rumored split with her husband and says plans to resume the world tour she called off more than a year ago during her pregnancy with her...
'Baghdaddy': New York turns Iraq war into musical
The Iraq war may not sound like musical comedy, but an Off-Broadway revival is spinning intelligence failures and tragedy into a farce that offers potent messages for...
Fyre Fest fiasco: Bahamas party becomes huge disappointment
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism expressed its deep disappointment in how a music, art and culture festival imploded, leaving hundreds stranded and angry.
Beyonce and Jay Z have celebrated the impending birth of their twins with a star-studded baby shower.
Jet owned by Elvis to be auctioned after sitting 30 years
A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley and featured on the National Geographic Channel is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.
Pippa Middleton marries as royals look on
Two likely future British kings were there, along with one of the world's most photographed women, the often-adorable Prince Harry, a multilingual tennis legend and a...
Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself
Rock musician Chris Cornell's wife on Friday disputed "inferences" that the rocker killed himself in a Detroit hotel room, saying he may have taken more of an...
Judge rules that Prince's six siblings are his heirs
A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that Prince's six siblings are the heirs to his estate, a key step in the long battle over the pop legend's fortune.
Without the shocking video, it’s unlikely that the world would have learned or cared about the violent manhandling of a 69-year-old man on a plane last month.
Costume jewelry found to be real diamond
Some people have all the luck.Consider the person who dropped about 10 pounds ($15) around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry for it to...
New Zealand space launch reaching for stars
New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States.
Dubai firm dreams of taking icebergs for water
A Dubai firm’s dream of towing icebergs from the Antarctic to the Arabian Peninsula could face some titanic obstacles.
Lebanese photographer visits U.S. Lebanons
The Lebanese are not the only people who live in Lebanon.
Nepali trafficking survivor conquers Everest
A Nepali woman who was trafficked, exploited and abused as a maid in Egypt has conquered Mount Everest in a bid to highlight the dangers of trafficking in her...
Too much of a good thing: Bikes in China
A booming rental bike business has flooded China’s streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing...
Good-looking scientists perceived as ‘less able’
People are more interested in learning about the work of attractive scientists, but they see these good-looking researchers as less able than their average-appearing...
Robotic exoskeleton prevents falls by elderly
Scientists unveiled a lightweight, robotic, outer “skeleton” Thursday that can detect when someone loses their balance, correct their gait, and prevent their fall.
What’s holding back self-driving cars?
In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the...
Facebook to play down links to websites with deceptive ads
Facebook is planning to intensify its crackdown on so-called clickbait websites, saying it will begin giving lower prominence to links that lead to pages full of...
Sidon opens second park in as many years
Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon witnessed another major step forward for the environment Friday after it opened its second public park in as many years.
Ladies of Harley: Passion for motorcycles
When on the road with the Ladies of Harley, Talar Partiyan and Loulwa Khater – both keen riders – say they transcend reality and feel totally at ease.
Gothic meets couture in new Demirdjian collection
Soft lines met rough edges at the launch of Lebanese fashion designer Garen Demirdjian’s 2017 spring/summer couture collection and new eponymous brand at his fashion...
Festival harks back to Beirut’s ‘glory days’
Rows of green tents lined the northeast corner of Beirut’s hippodrome this week for the five-day street festival “Beirut’s Glory Days Are Back,” an event that...
A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world’s first research center devoted to ninja – the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.
Nepal wants to limit age for Everest
Family and supporters Sunday honored an 85-year-old Nepali man who died trying to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, while officials stressed...
First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run
Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the U.K. arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a...
In an exclusive interview with the The Daily Star, Negib Debs, general manager of Gargour Automotive Co., sheds light on the strategies and initiatives that led to the resurgence of Alfa Romeo and the cars’ singular traits.
Classic Z: Datsun’s charming, cheap ’70s racer
Continuing with our look back at cars that were quite popular in the 1970s, including in Lebanon, we bring you the Z-cars, classics from the Land of the Rising Sun.
The genie in a bottle: A not so Mini legacy
There are far too many things we take for granted today.
Land Rover Series: The darling of municipalities
Whenever the topic of SUVs is brought up, someone invariably mentions how they would love to own a “Range Rover” Defender.
Pope Francis on Thursday threw his weight behind a global push for a cure for deadly Huntington's disease but said scientists should not use human embryos in stem cell research regarded as the best hope of finding one.
400 contacts being traced in Congo's Ebola outbreak: WHO
Health workers are monitoring more than 400 people amid an Ebola outbreak in a remote corner of Congo where already three deaths have been blamed on the virus, the...
Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity: study
Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled...
Congo announces 9 suspected Ebola cases, including 2 deaths
Health authorities are investigating nine suspected cases of Ebola in a remote corner of northern Congo, including two deaths, the country's health minister said Friday.
Side effects emerge after approval for many drugs
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or...