Firefighters and army conscripts are for a fourth day battling a fire north of Athens that has burned an estimated 1,200 acres (nearly 500 hectares) of pine forest in a mountainous area, with erratic winds hampering containment efforts.
Canada to end requirement that Mexicans need visas: Trudeau
Canada will scrap a requirement obliging Mexican visitors to obtain visas, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, a move designed to end a diplomatic...
Yemen clashes, airstrikes kill 80 including 37 civilians
Intensified fighting and airstrikes over the past 24 hours in Yemen have left 80 people dead, including 37 civilians, as lengthy peace talks in Kuwait made no headway,...
UN chief urges Netanyahu to make tough choices in farewell visit
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Benjamin Netanyahu to take "courageous steps" toward peace as he met the Israeli premier on what is expected to be his farewell...
Fresh condemnations pour in after Al-Qaa attacks
Lebanese officials strongly denounced Monday’s multiple suicide attacks in a northeastern border village of Al-Qaa, which claimed the lives of five people and wounded...
UK company bosses tell senior minister they want political leadership
Britain's company bosses have told the business minister Sajid Javid they need to see political leadership in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, Javid...
Funding to combat Zika fails to advance in US Senate
Funding to battle the Zika virus failed to advance in the U.S. Senate Tuesday, as Democrats blocked a Republican proposal that they said would short-change the...
Bolivia, Ethiopia, Sweden win seats on UN Security Council
Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden Tuesday were elected to serve a two-year stint on the U.N. Security Council.
Intensified fighting and airstrikes over the past 24 hours in Yemen have left 80 people dead, including 37 civilians, as lengthy peace talks in Kuwait made no headway, officials said.
Israel drops divisive tactic for recovering captive soldiers
An Israeli military official says the army will no longer employ the tactic of using overwhelming fire to prevent the capture of a soldier, even at the risk of killing...
Turkey's moves to restore ties to Russia, Israel, not a policy shift: spokesman
Turkey's efforts to restore ties with Israel and Russia are separate issues and not the result of a change in policy, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said...
Iran names new armed forces chief
Iran named Major General Mohammad Baqeri as head of the armed forces, state media reported Tuesday.
Lebanese officials strongly denounced Monday’s multiple suicide attacks in a northeastern border village of Al-Qaa, which claimed the lives of five people and wounded over 30 others.
Hezbollah exacerbating power vacuum: Saudi FM
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Tuesday accused Hezbollah of hindering presidential elections in Lebanon.
Nasrallah meets with Iran's new deputy foreign minister
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Tuesday met with Iran’s new deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs during his first official visit to...
4 of 8 Al-Qaa bombers came from Syria: Machnouk
Four of eight suicide bombers who blew themselves up in a northeast Lebanon border town Monday had come from Syria, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday
Lebanon arrests man who imposed 'tax' on Syrians vendors
A Lebanese man who allegedly imposed a "tax" on Syrian vendors was arrested last week in a southern Beirut suburb, an Internal Security Forces statement said Tuesday.
New international shareholders plan to acquire a stake in Odea Bank, a Turkish subsidiary of Lebanon’s Bank Audi Group, in a move to increase the bank’s capital, according to a statement by Bank Audi Monday.
Solidere to give dividends, projects better sales
Real estate developer Solidere announced Monday that it intends to distribute $35 million in dividends to its shareholders and projected more property sales at the end...
Iran reappoints Hedayatzadeh as boss of Swiss-based oil trading firm
Iran Tuesday reappointed a former managing director of its Swiss-based trading company as part of a broader reshuffle aimed at bolstering its oil exploration and exports.
Crescent hopes for $11B Kurd gas refund
Crescent Petroleum Co., the United Arab Emirates-based oil and natural gas producer, expects its $11 billion arbitration case against the Kurdistan Regional Government...
Pound edges up after hitting 31-year low
The pound rose in Asia Tuesday after hitting a new 31-year low in New York on worries about the effects of Britain's exit from the European Union, but analysts warned...
Beirut third most expensive city in MENA
An international survey firm ranked Beirut the third most expensive city in the Middle East and the 50th dearest in the world.
FDI inflows in 2015 fell 19 percent to $2.34 billion
Lebanon rides trend as foreign investment in Arab countries falls 10 percent
Lebanon will benefit from Brexit ... at first
Britain’s vote to exit the European Union is likely to have a positive short-term impact on Lebanon’s economy, while negative repercussions will only affect Lebanese...
Doubts grow over Airbus sale to Iran: sources
As Western plane-makers seek to finalize lucrative deals to sell some 200 jets to Iran, doubts are growing over the sale of a dozen Airbus A380 superjumbo jets to the...
First Saudi international bond sale in the works
Saudi Arabia appointed JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC Holdings Plc and Citigroup Inc. to arrange its first international bond sale, said people with knowledge of the matter
Saudi Arabia, UAE: Little Brexit impact on banks
Financial authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Saturday downplayed the impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on their banks
The pound rose in Asia Tuesday after hitting a new 31-year low in New York on worries about the effects of Britain's exit from the European Union, but analysts warned it could face fresh selling as the crisis develops
ECB's Draghi urges better coordination between central banks
European Central Bank president Mario Draghi Tuesday called for better policy coordination between the world's major central banks in order to meet the challenges of...
S.Korea proposes $8.4 bln extra budget shield against Brexit, domestic risks
South Korea will propose a supplementary budget of around 10 trillion won ($8.44 billion) to parliament soon, the government said Tuesday, as it tackles Brexit turmoil...
Banks drag down European shares
European shares fell Monday, with banks making their biggest two-day loss on record as uncertainty over Britain’s decision to leave the European Union continued to rock...
Airbus chief says UK is 'indispensable' to Airbus
Britain is an indispensable part of the European aerospace industry, the head of Airbus Group said Wednesday, softening earlier comments he made on the country's shock...
After the attacks in Al-Qaa, which left several Lebanese dead, it is clear that Lebanon is still in Daesh’s (ISIS) crosshairs. And as the militant group comes under pressure on all fronts, this fact will only become more prevalent.
Brexit: Can Britain fix it?
For the United Kingdom’s Brexiteers the party’s over
The Brexit revolt
With its vote to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom has staged a revolt so forceful that it will shake – and potentially even destroy – the European project.
A British tragedy in one act
Thursday night is said to have been momentous for those who campaigned to leave the European Union and turn Britain’s back on the 21st century.
To be fixed, Europe needs a massive wrecking ball
Imagine a young Margaret Thatcher, a politician who deeply mistrusts the political establishment and identifies on a gut level with the frustrations of the middle class.
A win for the terrorists too
There are winners and there are losers in Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.
The United Kingdom voted Thursday in one of the most crucial polls of our lifetime, one that will determine the future for many generations to come.
Body of lies and deceit
Syria, in the five years its war has been raging, has been issued by the United Nations three special envoys: Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Staffan de Mistura.
Britain’s democratic failure
The real lunacy of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union was not that British leaders dared to ask their populace to weigh the benefits of membership...
How an old Trump scam tells us what’s happening today
Brexit: A nation turns on itself
To say the political establishment in the U.K. has been rocked to its foundations by last week’s historic vote to leave the European Union is, for once, an understatement
A court case in Egypt worth watching
A fascinating little drama taking place in Egypt now is worth watching for what it might reveal about the popularity of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – but...
Syria the victim of others’ poor statecraft
United States policies in the Middle East have occasionally enjoyed a unified sense of purpose among government agencies in Washington and broad support among the...
Obama’s year of resilience
A year ago this month, President Barack Obama was delivering a eulogy in Charleston, South Carolina, after the mass shooting in a church there.
The silence of the Republicans
Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves.
Unai Emery has signed a two-year contract with Paris St. Germain with an option for an additional season, the Ligue 1 champions said in a statement Tuesday.
Alves eyes Champions League glory with Juventus
Brazil international Dani Alves said Tuesday that his ultimate goal was to win the Champions League with his new Serie A club Juventus
Djokovic in easy victory to open Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic raced to a 6-0, 3-0 lead, then held firm the rest of the way as he opened his bid for a third straight Wimbledon title and fifth straight Grand Slam...
Sharapova to sharpen business skills at Harvard
Maria Sharapova plans to make good use of the time on her hands thanks to a two-year doping ban from tennis.
Aussie Simmons taken first in entry draft
Philadelphia selected Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, making the Australian forward the first 76ers top pick since Allen Iverson 20 years...
Maradona urges Messi to shelve plans to quit Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, June 28 (Reuters) - World Cup winner Diego Maradona has called on compatriot Lionel Messi not to abandon international football after the Argentina...
Liverpool complete Mane signing
Striker Sadio Mane has joined Liverpool on a long-term contract from Southampton, the Premier League club said Tuesday
Youthful England will learn from failure: Hart
Goalkeeper Joe Hart has urged the youngsters in the England squad to learn from the experience of their humiliating exit to Iceland at the Euro 2016 championship Monday
Novak Djokovic raced to a 6-0, 3-0 lead, then held firm the rest of the way as he opened his bid for a third straight Wimbledon title and fifth straight Grand Slam championship with a straight-set win over Britain’s James Ward Monday.
Fat chance as Willis hits Wimbledon jackpot
Marcus Willis should have been coaching youngsters and middle-aged women for $30 an hour Monday in the humble surroundings of the Warwick Boat Club in the English...
Federer fan of Willis Wimbledon fairytale
Roger Federer hailed Marcus Willis as one of the great Wimbledon fairytales after the British qualifier set up a dream clash with the seven-time champion
Serena into Wimbledon second round
World number one and defending champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic.
Philadelphia selected Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, making the Australian forward the first 76ers top pick since Allen Iverson 20 years ago
Lin declines Hornets deal, opts for free agency
Jeremy Lin, the NBA's first US player of Chinese or Taiwanese heritage, declined a $2.2 million offer to return to the Charlotte Hornets next season and will become a...
LeBron’s virtuoso Finals effort one for the ages
Just as Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci has the Mona Lisa and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven his Fifth Symphony, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James now...
LeBron makes case for all-time best with historic Finals
LeBron James ensured his place among the NBA's all-time legends by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and has made a solid...
LeBron delivers on promise, leads Cavs to NBA title
* James named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for third time
* Cavs first team to win title after trailing Finals 3-1 (Adds quotes, detail)
LeBron James powered the...
Jason Day is not going to the Olympics because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.
Lochte shrugs off pain to reach 200m free semi-finals
A hurting Ryan Lochte kept his pursuit of a fourth Olympic team berth alive Monday, reaching the semi-finals of the 200m freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials.
USA Basketball announce Rio squad lacking LeBron
LeBron James, who cemented his status as an NBA great in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the championship this month, won't play for the USA at the Rio de Janeiro...
Rio governor warns Olympics could be 'big failure'
Rio de Janeiro's acting governor is warning that the Olympic Games could be a "big failure."
Man arrested in Brazil for attempt to douse Olympic torch
A man has been arrested for trying to extinguish the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water over it as it passed through his farming town of Maracaju in central...
Australian Jack Miller celebrated a stunning first MotoGP victory Sunday after rain and slippery conditions caused chaos at a stopped and restarted Dutch TT at Assen
Rosberg cruises to victory in Azerbaijan
Nico Rosberg won the first Formula One race held in Azerbaijan Sunday to turn the championship tide and stretch his lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to 24...
Mercedes want a re-think on radio ban
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff has called for a re-think on the radio communications ban that robbed Lewis Hamilton of a chance to fight for a podium finish in Sunday's...
Toyota lead Le Mans into the morning
Toyota led the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race into the morning Sunday after a close battle with champions Porsche through the night at the Sarthe circuit in western...
Toyota battling Porsche as Le Mans enters final stretch
Toyota, seeking their maiden success, and 17-time winners Porsche were battling for Le Mans 24 Hour glory Sunday, with only seconds splitting the teams as the race...
Neil Young turned his 1959 Lincoln Continental into an electric car, developed a high-tech digital music system and mixed animal sounds into his latest album, he didn’t think it was revolutionary
Germany's Schaeuble says British decision to leave EU not reversible
The British vote to leave the European Union is irreversible and London should file its official application to leave the bloc soon, German Finance Minister Wolfgang...
Robbie plays a modern Jane in Tarzan film
With her cut-glass cheekbones, porcelain skin and cascading flaxen locks, it is hard to imagine a better choice to play Tarzan’s love interest than 25-year-old...
Walking Dead prepares to live year-round at Universal
The California theme park readies for
its newest ... and
spookiest ... attraction
Jury sides with Led Zeppelin in trial over song 'Stairway to Heaven'
A U.S. jury found Thursday that British rock group Led Zeppelin did not steal the intro to their signature track "Stairway to Heaven" from a long-defunct Los Angeles...
Brexit makes unity even more important: EU's Mogherini
Britain leaving the European Union makes it even more important the bloc presents a united front against growing global challenges, EU foreign affairs head Federica...
Swiss Army Man imaginative but imbalanced
Flatulence is a key element of “Swiss Army Man,” but the film isn’t exactly a comedy.
Acts of resistance
“Cultural resistance is our reality,” Nabeel Al-Raee says.
With her cut-glass cheekbones, porcelain skin and cascading flaxen locks, it is hard to imagine a better choice to play Tarzan’s love interest than 25-year-old Australian actress Margot Robbie.
Darth Vader to return in Star Wars spin-off
Cinema’s ultimate villain, Darth Vader, is set to make a comeback with a menacing appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” industry magazine Entertainment Weekly...
Are you ready for some … new music?
Carrie Underwood won’t be “waiting all day for Sunday night” this fall when NBC premieres a new theme song for its prime-time “Sunday Night Football” program.
Walking Dead FX guru spills blood, guts, tricks
He is the God of Gore, the Sultan of Splatter, the Emperor of Entrails – and the brains behind some of film history’s best-known blood and guts set pieces.
A U.S. jury found Thursday that British rock group Led Zeppelin did not steal the intro to their signature track "Stairway to Heaven" from a long-defunct Los Angeles rock band.
All that glitters is gold: 'Stairway' may be worth millions
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin were reunited Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom as bassist John Paul Jones testified in defense of his bandmates in a high-stakes...
Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' goes on trial
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page appeared in a Los Angeles court for a civil trial that opens on Tuesday in which they are accused of stealing...
Bidders paid a combined total of more than $150,000 for a lock of David Bowie's hair and Prince's iconic "Yellow Cloud" guitar Saturday at a Beverly Hills auction.
Rapper Lil Wayne hospitalized after 2 seizures on plane
Lil Wayne is in stable condition in Omaha after suffering what his publicist described Tuesday as two minor seizures.
'Amadeus' playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90
British playwright Peter Shaffer, who won an Oscar for his film adaptation of "Amadeus," one of his most celebrated stage dramas, died on Monday aged 90, his agent said.
Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling surrenders in child porn case
An actor who starred on the musical dramedy "Glee" surrendered to federal authorities Friday in a child pornography case and is awaiting his first court appearance.
Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses
A Minnesota medical examiner said Thursday that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller
A Munich confectioner is scoring with Euro 2016-themed cakes, although some of the patisserie predictions are proving a little off target.
American Kennel Club's newest breed: Meet the lively pumi
A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows.
How do you teach human interaction to a robot? Lots of TV
Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve...
Desert scope stakes out supermassive black hole
A desert telescope has focused with unprecedented sharpness on a star circling a supermassive black hole thought to lurk at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, excited...
Designer in the spotlight: Nadine Mneimeneh
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...
Pot unites businesspeople and hippies at cannabis conference
Men and women in business suits mixed with hippies sporting blazers printed with marijuana leaves Friday during the last day of the Cannabis World Congress and Business...
Promoting abstinence with Togo's 'Virgin Queens'
With her tiara, silky hair and satin dress, Pascaline Boukari Kombate looks like any other beauty queen. But the blue sash she wears with pride tells a different story.
Men's fashion week opens with nod to British seaside
Suits worn over fishnet tops, tiny tailored shorts, loafers and sunburnt noses – Topman Design went to the British seaside for its latest collection Friday, kicking off...
Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve Carell and other sitcom stars.
Heads up! Seoul launches campaign to keep smartphone users safe
Pedestrians glued to their smartphones were given something else to look at this week, as officials in Seoul launched a safety campaign to keep them from walking into...
Slip of the tongue: Chameleon's sticky secret revealed
A stunningly efficient hunter, the chameleon relies on an impressive biological arsenal that includes color-changing camouflage, panoramic vision, and lots of...
Video game makers finding their way in virtual worlds
Wizards duel and players transform into tribal warriors and fierce jaguars -- welcome to the world of virtual reality at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)...
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.
Marwan Chamaa pop-art on display
Alternative Tours Beirut: Discovering the city
Moustafa Fahs might actually know historical dates and the architectural styles of Beirut, but one should not expect a dry lecture when going on one of his guided tours.
Gifts fit for royalty on Father’s Day
Locally made kelims mark Oumnia 10th anniversary
Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday
Gibraltar: a historic port with more to offer than monkeys
Barbary macaque monkeys are the star attractions in Gibraltar. Still, this historic port town is steeped in military history around the landmark Rock of Gibraltar.
Disney opens theme park in Chinese city of Shanghai
Entertainment giant Disney opened a massive theme park in Shanghai Thursday, hoping to win over communist-ruled China's growing middle class with the ultimate American...
A woodland forest and Shinto shrine in busy Tokyo
Just steps from one of the busiest, most modern parts of Tokyo, it's a soothing surprise to feel like you're in the heart of a primeval forest. It's maybe a bigger...
Kurban Travel: Official partner of the French Embassy in Lebanon for the second year
After the success of 2015, the French embassy in Lebanon has renewed its partnership with Kurban Travel as a preferred travel agency for French Visa facilities for a...
I expect it’s natural that after nearly 20 months of featuring weekly car reviews in The Daily Star, we were bound to eventually come across terms such as “refresh,” “facelift” and “redesign.”
Hyundai’s sleek i20 has mature, stylish looks
Sometimes you’re faced with the most ridiculous situations when you write a car review.
A decade on, Mazda CX-9 still has character
I think I can safely say crossover SUVs have taken over a very big slice of the market in recent years, while SUVs with three rows of seats, or seven-seaters, have...
GM wants to keep steering wheels, pedals in self-drive cars
General Motors chief executive Mary Barra came out strongly Tuesday for regulations requiring the retention of steering wheels and foot pedals in self-driving cars.
Bentayga introduces opulence to SUV segment
The automotive industry in recent years has witnessed a surge in interest in crossovers, a revolution among buyers who are increasingly leaning toward vehicles that...
Two vaccines gave mice "complete" Zika protection, said researchers Tuesday who claimed progress towards the creation of an effective human shield against the brain-damaging virus.
Pepsi to reintroduce aspartame in new diet beverage
PepsiCo is creating a new diet beverage for fans of aspartame less than a year after pulling the artificial sweetener as part of a marketing move over safety concerns.
Antibodies found which 'neutralize' Zika virus: study
European scientists announced Thursday they had discovered antibodies which attack Zika, a step they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the...
Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing
An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials.
Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot, says WHO agency
There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say in a reverse of its previous warning, but it...