Muslims in Hungary say they are wary of the government's anti-migrant referendum this weekend, which polls suggest has boosted xenophobic feelings.
Kyrgyz president home after Moscow heart treatment
Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev Saturday returned to his Central Asian homeland after being discharged from a Moscow hospital where he was treated for heart...
Barrel bombs hit largest hospital in rebel-held Aleppo: NGO
At least two barrel bombs hit the largest hospital in the rebel-held side of Syria's Aleppo city Saturday, the medical organization that supports it said.
Turkey detains 15 university staff in latest post-coup raids
Turkish authorities Saturday detained 15 staff from one of the country's oldest universities in the latest raids against suspects allegedly linked to the failed July 15...
Lebanon seeks serious hostage negotiator
The government is searching for a “serious” mediator to help secure the release of the nine servicemen held hostage by Daesh (ISIS), General Security head Maj. Gen....
BAE Systems to begin building new British nuclear submarines
Britain's ministry of defense said Saturday that construction work will begin on the country's new nuclear submarines, announcing nearly 1.3 billion pounds ($1.7...
German government believes Trump would ravage US economy: Spiegel
Germany's economy ministry believes a Donald Trump presidency would severely damage the U.S. economy, according to an internal memorandum reported by Der Spiegel...
US government cuts cord on internet oversight
The U.S. government Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.
France condemns Aleppo hospital bombing, calls attacks war crimes
France condemned the bombing Saturday of a hospital in Aleppo, saying the shelling of healthcare structures and personnel in the besieged Syrian city constituted war...
Suicide bomber kills one person, wounds three in Yemeni port city
A suicide bomber blew himself up near a cinema in the Yemeni port city of Aden Saturday, killing one person and wounding three others, residents and a local official...
Somali Islamist group says behind Mogadishu restaurant attack
The Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab said Saturday it had carried out an attack on a restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, targeting members of the security forces eating...
The government is searching for a “serious” mediator to help secure the release of the nine servicemen held hostage by Daesh (ISIS), General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said Friday.
Lebanese killed in traffic accident in Abidjan
A Lebanese woman was reportedly killed in a traffic accident in Abidjan soon after she arrived to Ivory Coast, a source told The Daily Star Saturday.
General Security chief inaugurates new center in south Lebanon
General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim Saturday inaugurated a new agency center in the town of Shebaa during a tour of south Lebanon.
Police arrest drug dealers across Lebanon
Police have detained three suspected drug dealers in different areas of Lebanon, the Internal Security Forces announced Saturday.
Salam announces National Day for the Litani River
Lebanon’s polluted Litani River may only traverse 20 percent of the country, but it is the responsibility of all Lebanese, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Friday at a...
Lebanon should not liquidate its gold reserves because the commodity’s price is likely to go up in the future, a commodity analyst said.
Deal-maker’s hotel gambit wins Saudi-Iran output deal
The company that won the tender to run the car mechanic inspection centers said the new and improved services the motorists would receive justifies the increases in...
Iraq's economic recovery plans tied up by US budget tussle
Iraq's plans to raise $2 billion on international debt markets to help fill a budget gap caused by low oil prices were thwarted this week by the U.S. Congress' refusal...
Chahed pushes broad reform package, talks with unions
Tunisia’s prime minister plans key talks with unions to hold down state sector wages and sees close to 3 percent economic growth next year from a package of reforms...
Relief for ECB as eurozone inflation ticks up
Inflation in the eurozone ticked up in September, data showed Friday, giving the European Central Bank some confidence its stimulus program is pulling the bloc’s...
BoB keen to boost revenues from abroad
Bank of Beirut is seeking to raise the percentage of revenues from its operations abroad to up to 50 percent in the medium term, bank chairman Salim Sfeir said.
Economic Committees hint at escalation
The Economic Committees Thursday suggested again that it may close all businesses if the government failed to end the political deadlock and revitalize the economy.
Lebanon plummets in health, ed ranking
Lebanon saw a remarkable decline from 30th place to 52nd in terms of health and primary education in the Global Competitiveness Report 2016, according to the Bader...
Iraq's plans to raise $2 billion on international debt markets to help fill a budget gap caused by low oil prices were thwarted this week by the U.S. Congress' refusal to guarantee half the bonds' value.
German minister heads to Iran, ties still limited
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel heads to Iran next week with a planeful of industry executives keen to rebuild trade ties, but remaining U.S. sanctions and...
Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens
Renault has reached a deal with Iran’s government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran’s market now...
Deal-maker’s hotel gambit wins Saudi-Iran output deal
Noureddine Boutarfa, the Algerian oil minister who hosted this week’s OPEC meeting, resorted to one of the oldest tricks in the deal-maker’s book: He put his fellow...
Inflation in the eurozone ticked up in September, data showed Friday, giving the European Central Bank some confidence its stimulus program is pulling the bloc’s economy away from the deflationary brink.
Global M&A drops, companies wary of overpaying
The value of announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worldwide fell 27 percent year-on-year to $753 billion in the third quarter of 2016, as apprehension among...
China’s yuan prepares for global currency status
China’s yuan will formally join the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound as a global reserve currency Saturday, in a key milestone in the...
Thousands of Indians declare $9.5 billion in black money
India's finance minister says tens of thousands of Indians have declared a total of $9.5 billion of black money as part of a one-time opportunity to come clean under a...
Stocks climb with euro as Deutsche Bank rallies
Stocks climbed with the euro as speculation that Deutsche Bank AG may reach a lower settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice spurred a rally in global lenders.
The Sept. 11 attackers, whose number included 15 Saudi citizens, were without exception condemned by every country in the Arab world for their merciless and unthinkable crime.
Media in predicament
Journalists in Lebanon have not only contributed to the press in this part of the world, they were in fact the founders and publishers of media outlets nearly 150 year...
Tapping Africa’s full potential
California’s Silicon Valley is nearly 10,000 miles from Kenya’s Silicon Savannah but they share a role as innovation hubs for their respective countries.
For urban development, first get the data
Representatives from every corner of the globe will be convening at the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will take place in...
A reminder of what good foreign policy looks like
The pathway to compromise is never easy to find, at home or abroad, but it was visible in Colombia this week in the peace agreement that ended a 52-year guerrilla war.
A statesman despite all
Nobody doubts that Lebanon sits upon a precipice, suffering from a severe political dilemma resulting in the total paralysis of the country’s tools of governance.
With an audience of 100 million people worldwide and the globe’s very future at stake, it is unsurprising that preparations for the U.S. presidential debate Monday...
The relentless and brutal bombing campaign that the city of Aleppo is currently subjected to could not be possible without the Syrian regime’s Russian partner.
The judgment of Aleppo’s carnage
We must halt the massacre in Aleppo. Whatever the cost, we must stop the massive, random, indiscriminate bombings – and, worst of all, the discriminate ones aimed...
Is the Trump balloon starting to deflate?
After its questionable debate performance, it seems that Mr. Trump’s carefully constructed political persona may be starting to deflate.
The perils of debt complacency
“What a government spends the public pays for.
Hillary Clinton reassured a fearful world
Watching Monday night’s presidential debate from a country that has been bankrupted by populist economic ideas was instructive: Argentina’s experience shows that good...
The center can still hold
It was the annual gathering of world leaders in New York last week, and for most of them, it was time for group therapy.
NKorean threat may be next president’s first test
North Korea’s latest nuclear test triggered diplomatic aftershocks in Asia – and a growing concern that the volatile regime in Pyongyang may pose the first big test for...
Why Trump’s dealmaking could be dangerous
Consider two quotations, the first engraved in modern history and the other less than a week old, and ask yourself what they have in common.
Napoli’s free-scoring, unbeaten start to the season has suggested that the departure of prolific forward Gonzalo Higuain, viewed as a crushing blow at the time, could have been a blessing in disguise.
Bayern’s Ancelotti poised to break next record
A sixth straight Bundesliga win for Bayern Munich, at home to Cologne Saturday, will see coach Carlo Ancelotti equal the record for the best start in Germany’s top...
Winning slams is no longer my priority: Djokovic
Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning Grand Slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world No. 1 said Friday.
On-form Kvitova reaches Wuhan final
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova dropped just three games to dismiss Simona Halep in two sets in the semifinals at the Wuhan Open Friday.
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Spain’s big three renew La Liga title showdown
After another stellar week for Spanish clubs in the Champions League, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid resume their three-way battle for La Liga supremacy...
Guardiola salutes Pochettino
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lavished praise on his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Mauricio Pochettino Friday, ahead of their sides’ Premier League tussle set...
No Balotelli in Italy squad for Spain and Macedonia matches
There is still no place for Mario Balotelli in the Italy squad as coach Gian Piero Ventura named a largely unchanged 26-man list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers...
Kvitova ends title drought with Wuhan win
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova ended her 13-month title drought with a straight set win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Wuhan Open Saturday.
'Quality' Konta belongs in top 10, says Kvitova
Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said Johanna Konta has the quality and consistency to become a fixture in the women's top 10, despite putting her rise on hold...
Cibulkova books finals place at Wuhan
Dominika Cibulkova defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova Friday to book her place in the Wuhan Open finals, signalling an impressive return to form after being sidelined by injury
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans who have backed him since 1995
Kaepernick, 49ers teammate kneel during national anthem
While a naval officer sang the first notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin...
A fired-up Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed set the tone as the United States took early control at the Ryder Cup Friday with a stunning 4-0 sweep of the opening foursomes matches against holders Europe.
‘Hey Tiger, how about a sandwich?’
Tiger Woods has endured two tough runner-up finishes in majors at Hazeltine, but he could be reduced even further, to sandwich delivery man, at the Ryder Cup here this...
U.S. out to snap Europe streak in Ryder Cup
A revamped American squad that U.S. captain Davis Love called the best-ever assembled faces a Europe team that has dominated them for two decades when the 41st Ryder...
Facts and figures for the 41st edition Ryder Cup
Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup.
U.S. learns from past Ryder stumbles
A U.S. Ryder Cup team more relaxed and better prepared than past losing versions takes a confident attitude into this week’s showdown against holders Europe, which...
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, gunning for his 50th win this weekend, set a dominant pace to top the timesheets in the final practice session for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Advantage Rosberg as F1 title fight resumes
Rainy weather may be the only thing that can stop Mercedes from clinching a third straight Formula One constructors’ title at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, as...
Hamilton fights back in Malaysia
Lewis Hamilton turned the tables on world championship leader Nico Rosberg, giving himself a badly-needed boost with the fastest lap in second free practice Friday for...
Time to take one for the team, says Rosberg
World championship leader Nico Rosberg wants to cap an "incredible year" for his Mercedes team by helping them clinch the constructors' crown by winning this weekend's...
Hamilton vows to give everything in title fightback
Lewis Hamilton said he will give everything at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix as he looks to bounce back in the Formula One championship after losing his lead to a...
The question of “Where do babies come from?”
Art installation a call for help on plastic waste
Five million brightly colored plastic bottle tops have been laid out on a Mediterranean island, spelling the word “HELP” in an art installation that aims to draw...
Woody Allen’s TV series is a plodding ‘Crisis’
With Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes,” the screenwriter has let down his director – who coincidentally also falls short.
Hoffman and Dench, Emmy nominees
Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench have received International Emmy nominations for their roles in the BBC One TV movie “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.”
Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go...
Miss Peregrine’s Home’s weird heroes
Fall has officially just started, but there’s one more superhero flick just before all the summer heat vanishes completely. If you want muscled torsos and capes, you’ll...
Riveting Deepwater Horizon captivates throughout
We all know how “Deepwater Horizon” ends.
Springsteen reveals father’s ghost in memoir
When Bruce Springsteen’s first marriage fell apart, the rock legend – a multimillionaire about to turn 40 – received a surprise offer.
A brief history of traumatizing celebrity divorce
As long as there’s been a Hollywood, there’s been scandalous Hollywood divorce.
Unfazed Corey Feldman planning return to ‘Today’
After being widely ridiculed for a music performance on the “Today” show, Corey Feldman didn’t seek solace from drugs or alcohol.
FBI says it’s evaluating Pitt abuse allegations
The FBI is gathering information about an incident involving actor Brad Pitt and his family aboard a private flight last week, the agency confirmed Thursday.
Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go electric.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Angelina Jolie has reached a temporary agreement with Brad Pitt giving her custody of their six children and granting him visiting rights, reports said Friday.
Brad Pitt skips film premiere to focus on 'family situation'
A producer says "we all respect his privacy" as Brad Pitt skipped his first public appearance after last week's split with Angelina Jolie Pitt
Actor Tom Hanks photobombs Central Park wedding shoot
A bride and groom got a surprise celebrity attendee at their wedding photo shoot when Hollywood star Tom Hanks stopped by as they were having their photos taken at New...
UK police arrest man in hacking of Pippa Middleton's phone
London police say they have arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and...
UK soap sacks Pakistan-born actor for offensive India tweets
A Pakistan-born actor has been sacked from Britain's most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called Sunday "entirely unacceptable, racially...
"There is no respect for the bosses in this country," bellowed Thibaut Pariset, as he badgered his team of grape pickers up another steep row of vines near Fuisse, deep in France's Burgundy wine region.
Why top fashion models never smile
They wear the world’s most beautiful and expensive clothes yet their faces are the picture of blank boredom.
Rosetta: Comet mission with an Egyptian flavor
When Europe’s comet chaser was launched in 2004, it boasted the name of the famous Rosetta stone, which had helped decipher hieroglyphics, the mysterious written...
Scientists fix fractures with 3-D-printed bone
Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3-D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future...
MBC to launch Project Runway Middle East
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Kim Kardashian stuns at Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week
Among the forest decor at the star-studded Balmain collection, pop star and former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy killed time chatting with French Vogue Editor...
Rihanna, new top designers debut in Paris
New designer debut from powerhouses Lanvin – and pop star Rihanna’s first Paris catwalk show for Fenty Puma – marked the start of spring/summer 2017 shows in the City...
Saint Laurent designer makes debut
A huge crane in the colors of the French flag hoisted up a giant neon YSL logo above a construction site in the French capital, literally setting expectations high for...
When Europe’s comet chaser was launched in 2004, it boasted the name of the famous Rosetta stone, which had helped decipher hieroglyphics, the mysterious written language of the ancient Egyptians.
Elon Musk outlines Mars colonization plan
On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, “Battlestar...
Elon Musk envisions 'fun' but dangerous trips to Mars
SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled Tuesday ambitious plans to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft, possibly costing as low as...
BlackBerry to outsource handsets, will halt production
BlackBerry, the Canadian firm that helped pioneer the smartphone market, said Wednesday it will stop making handsets, outsourcing production to an Indonesian partner.
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Aivazian opens first Middle East exhibition
Third cancer charity fundraising Bazaar
September brings with it the end of summer and that back-to-school feeling. It also brings Beirut back to life with interesting events on the horizon, a highlight being...
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
Japan choosing 88 animation travel spots to boost tourism
Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism – using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly...
Arabs flee Gulf heat for Alps, despite veil ban
While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis,” a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in...
Paris comes to Asia's casino hub Macau with new Sands resort
The southern Chinese casino gambling powerhouse of Macau is getting a French twist.
British tea booming in China
Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter.
Over the years my best friend and I have had a long-running difference of opinion.
Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the...
Hyundai’s Grand i10: The subcompact that could
As it turns out, being in your 40s means you carry a lot of misconceptions with you that extend to cars.
Toyota Camry 2016, sensible and practical choice
I suppose it was inevitable that at some point I would cover the sort of car that seems to appeal to the vast majority of commuters.
Uber launches groundbreaking driverless car service
Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service Wednesday, jumping ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionize...
The Zika virus causing an epidemic in Brazil and spreading through the Americas can infect and alter cells in the human nervous system that are crucial for formation of bones and cartilage in the skull, a study found Thursday.
WHO: Air pollution affects 92 percent of people
More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World...
World's first baby born from 3-parent technique: report
The world's first baby has been born thanks to a controversial new technique employed by U.S. scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, said a report...
Americas region is world's first to be free of measles
Measles has been eradicated from the Americas due to decades of vaccination efforts, making it the first region of the world to rid itself of the disease, global health...
WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World...