Five mosques hit in early morning Israeli airstrikes
LU dispute sets stage for heated Cabinet session
Rebels press bid to expel ISIS from Damascus
Bodies moved as truce called at MH17 crash site
Saudi Arabia to open $530B bourse to foreigners
The departing UNIFIL commander said Monday that while fears that the war in Gaza might extend to the Lebanese-Israeli border were legitimate, close coordination with the Lebanese Army should prevent escalation.
Nasrallah: Hezbollah will stand by Gaza
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah vowed that his party would stand by the resistance in Gaza during a telephone conversation with Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders.
Dozens line up to run for Iraqi presidency
Politicians have begun requesting a postponement of Wednesday’s session of Iraq’s parliament, after dozens of people indicated they want to be the country’s next head...
Worse than Genghis Khan?
ISIS militants who drove Christians out of Mosul are worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad, according to the head...
Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul
Afghan officials say a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound in Kabul, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six.
Hariri slams Christian Gathering criticism
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday hit back at critics of his road map to break the presidential deadlock, accusing the Christian Gathering of intentionally...
Ominous sign as wellspring village dries up
In a Chouf village that boasts numerous springs and a river that feeds several regions with drinking water, residents are increasingly relying on private water...
Sabbagh supporters demand his release
Tripoli was on edge for a second day Monday following the arrest of a top militia leader and the killing of a terror suspect linked to the firing of rockets into...
Politicians have begun requesting a postponement of Wednesday’s session of Iraq’s parliament, after dozens of people indicated they want to be the country’s next head of state.
ISIS in Mosul: Only the sword
Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul were wrong-footed by its new jihadist rulers, who initially left them in relative peace but later forced them to flee for their...
Two Turkish soldiers killed in clash near border
Two Turkish soldiers killed in a clash with suspected smugglers near the Syria border, as Turkey faces growing pressure to police a major access route for European...
Iran complying with nuclear deal: U.N. watchdog
Iran has eliminated all its most sensitive nuclear material in line with an interim deal struck with world powers, a new U.N. atomic agency report showed Monday.
Malaysia, separatists agree on victims retrieval
Malaysia has reached an agreement with Aleksander Borodai, leader of the separatist group in eastern Ukraine, to retrieve the bodies of the victims of MH17, Malaysian...
Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty
A U.S. jury Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing...
FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks
The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a...
UNSC demands access to plane crash site
The United Nations Security Council Monday condemned the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine with 298 people on board and demanded that armed groups allow...
A clampdown on state spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win public support before its biggest economic reform in years: higher fuel prices. But an angry public may not be won over.
Emirates pledges $41 mn aid for Gaza reconstruction
The United Arab Emirates said Monday it will offer nearly $41 million in aid for the reconstruction of Gaza homes hit by Israel's military offensive against...
CPI declines after phone rate cut
Lebanon’s consumer price index fell drastically in June, with some analysts attributing the drop to telecoms price cuts instituted over the past two month.
$25 million fund set up to help Tripoli businesses
Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday the establishment of a $25 million investment fund aimed at boosting the economy in Tripoli.
EU sanctions on Russia seen limited for now
For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week’s downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed...
Mideast TV firm OSN gets buyout offer
Middle Eastern pay-television operator OSN is the subject of a full takeover bid from an unnamed buyer, its parent company said Sunday, a deal that could prove to be...
UAE may issue federal government bonds by 2018
The United Arab Emirates is expected to issue its first ever federal government bonds before 2018 to help the country’s banks meet global liquidity rules, but...
Dubai slides on Arabtec, Saudi profits disappoint
Dubai’s stock market plunged Sunday as builder Arabtec triggered another sell-off, while investors in Saudi Arabia and Qatar were disappointed by fresh quarterly...
Borrowers urged to settle debts with housing fund
The Lebanon Housing Institute called upon borrowers from the housing fund to settle their dues as soon as possible in order to avoid being prosecuted.
Figures show 87.7 pct of population in urban areas
Figures released by the United National Department of Economic and Social Affairs projected Lebanon’s urban population to represent 87.7 percent of the country’s total...
Aujan Coca-Cola to boost Lebanese assets
Regional beverage manufacturer Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company is planning to substantially increase its investment in Lebanon.
For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week’s downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc’s foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.
U.S. firms chase tax-reducing offshore mergers
U.S. companies are racing to complete tax-reducing offshore mergers before a credible threat to stop them emerges from Congress.
Murdoch looks to tame Chinese dragon
Rupert Murdoch’s plan to buy Time Warner would help the 21st Century Fox chairman make larger inroads in China, a fast-growing market that media moguls are finding hard...
Next two weeks may set the fate of U.S. earnings
A long hoped for improvement in the economy appears to be manifesting itself in second-quarter U.S. earnings, but the next two weeks could be the real test.
U.K. first-time buyers return to pre-crash levels
The number of first-time home buyers in the U.K. rose to a seven-year high in the first half of 2014, according to a Halifax report that showed new homeowners spend...
The Iraqi city of Mosul has been emptied of its Christian community in only a matter of days, in one of the most alarming developments in recent memory in this region.
Threshhold for murder
The Shejaiya massacre in Gaza Sunday coincided with a striking level of popular anger at Israel around the world, as efforts to broker a cease-fire pick up pace.
The U.S. tightens the screws on Russian energy
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this...
Israel’s chronic use of force is failing
What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following 10 days of attacking the territory from the air and suffering Palestinian...
Lebanon struggles with Syrian refugees
A combination of security, economic and above all political considerations has the Lebanese government seeking for the first time to limit, and ultimately reduce, its...
Murder with impunity
Israel has been successful at portraying its actions in the Gaza strip as a war against the Hamas movement; the simple fact is that it is a war against Palestinians.
Siege-fire in Gaza
The diplomatic wrangling over a cease-fire in Gaza looks set to continue, amid a flurry of meetings, telephone contacts and media statements by officials and...
Much pomp, no empathy
Like a modern-day Caesar, Bashar Assad strolled into a huge hall to hear the applause of supporters as he swore himself in for another seven-year term as Syrian...
Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter.
American interests need a decisive White House
When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a “deadly” threat, and that he has “extreme, extreme concern”...
See how Palestinians depict themselves
Words matter. They help us better understand our world and ourselves, especially at complex times such as this latest round of military attacks by Israelis and...
Obama’s anti-terror policy looks good, on paper
In President Barack Obama’s sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How...
A combination of security, economic and above all political considerations has the Lebanese government seeking for the first time to limit, and ultimately reduce, its Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugee population.
To revive FIFA, Sepp Blatter must step down
The World Cup has concluded with its usual flourish, and much of the world couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement – which is exactly what Sepp Blatter wanted.
Turkey’s benign neglect spurred ISIS rise
One night in 1995, I switched to CNN International to catch the evening news, and saw a long caravan of Toyotas driving toward a dusty city carrying solemn young men...
The world may seem messy, but much is better
The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil.
EU easier to break up, but risks are higher
The European Union has brought 28 countries into a closer political and economic union.
At his best a midfield marauder who inspired teammates and scored goals in equal measure, Steven Gerrard Monday retired from England duty as the country’s third-most-capped player after an international career that promised more than it delivered.
Neymar: We tried, but we’re slipping
Sifting through the ruins of Brazil’s World Cup campaign, star player Neymar says his team strove hard for glory, but other countries have moved ahead and they must...
Djokovic ends Federer record dream
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the...
Djokovic beats Federer to win second Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 to win a second Wimbledon title.
F1 asks: Where did all the German fans go?
Where have all the German Formula One fans gone?
Qatar 2022 corruption investigation delayed
An investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, initially scheduled for completion this month, is only likely to be finished in September, FIFA...
England captain Gerrard retires from internationals
England captain Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from international football, England's football Association say.
Van Gaal’s revolution sees sleep pods installed at Carrington
Louis van Gaal wants his new stars to dream of Manchester United in their sleep – at the club’s high-tech training complex.
Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer Sunday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.
I wouldn't swap this for anything, says champ Kvitova
Petra Kvitova insists winning Wimbledon for the second time was such a sweet success that even becoming the world number one couldn't be more fulfilling.
Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach third final
Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to his second Wimbledon title as the top seed booked his third appearance in the final with a gritty 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)...
Federer crushes Raonic to set up Djokovic showdown
Roger Federer reaches a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful...
Rosberg wins in Germany for Mercedes
Germany’s Nico Rosberg capped a memorable eight days for himself and his country by winning his home grand prix for Mercedes Sunday and stretching his overall lead in...
Rosberg coasts to first German GP win
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg coasts to his first home German Grand Prix win at Hockenheim to extend his lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship.
Mercedes braces for Rosberg, Hamilton dogfight
Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda is preparing for tough times ahead as he seeks to ensure fair play and good behavior from Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in their world...
Rosberg all set to keep Germany celebrating
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his...
LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States’ most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.
Lebanon withdraw from Jones Cup
The Lebanese Basketball Federation confirmed Thursday that the men’s national team will not take part in the Jones Cup tournament which was due to take place Aug. 9-17.
Celtic legend Russell collapses during speech
NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing during a corporate speaking event at a resort town on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Khatib nears deal to rejoin Sagesse
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, sources have told The Daily Star.
Khatib closes in on Sagesse return
Fadi al-Khatib is nearing a deal to join former club Sagesse, according to sources close to The Daily Star. Khatib, who turns 35 this year, achieved most of his success...
Rory McIlroy Sunday clutched the treasured piece of silverware, his reward for winning golf’s oldest major championship.
Bolt to run at Copacabana, Gatlin race unlikely
Usain Bolt will return to Rio de Janeiro next month to run a special 100 meters on the beach, he said on his website Sunday, but the Jamaican world record holder is now...
Dad’s 10-year wager comes off after McIlroy win
Gerry McIlroy was 100,000 pounds ($170,900) richer Sunday, following his son Rory’s two-stroke victory in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool.
McIlroy crowned the prince of the links
They flocked in their thousands to crown Rory McIlroy the new prince of the links and the Northern Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and a magician’s touch with a golf...
British Open glory for mighty McIlroy
Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake Sunday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and...
Forever 21, a U.S. women’s clothing retailer, will open its first store in Lebanon at City Centre in mid-January, according to the mall’s press agency.
American football team tackles conflicts
When the American University of Beirut created the country’s first collegiate-level American football team in 2012, they anticipated having a coach, team members and...
Teen’s death puts focus on dangers of caffeine powder
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and...
Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout
It has been a circus prop, a toy and a 1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as a workout tool that fitness experts say provides an effective cardio and...
U.S. mulls detour on the long road to Mars
Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States is divided about the moon’s role in future space exploration.
Artsy, green-friendly apartments with luxury
With the seemingly endless options of luxury apartments popping up all over the city, buyers, particularly a younger, socially conscious set, have become increasingly...
Tyre set for debate to reinvigorate park revamp
In Tyre, a part of Lebanon that is renowned for the quality of its public beaches, progress on the city’s public garden remains stuck in a state of underdevelopment.
Sisterly food guide offers ‘Beirut on a Plate’
The city’s food and beverage offerings are a pesky subject to document as Beirut’s hip – and foreigner-rich – neighborhoods come and go every two years, almost like...
A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.
Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hep C
WASHINGTON: A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat,...
UN's health agency worried about growing child obesity
The number of obese and overweight children in the world could balloon from 44 million in 2012 to 75 million in 2025, the World Health Organization warned.
Injecting gene into heart muscle may replace pacemaker
Injecting a certain gene into cardiac muscle has been shown in animal studies to help a weakened heart beat more strongly, scientists said Wednesday.
Monkey study dampens hopes for AIDS cure
The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-AIDS drugs within days of entering the body, a study said Sunday, dampening hopes for a human cure.
Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited
Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books.
Medical advances turn science fiction into science fact
Exoskeletons helping the paralyzed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumors, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: In many respects, the...
Fruit colors evolved to please picky birds: study
Tropical Asian birds have a penchant for red and black – a proclivity that likely prompted jungle plants to sprout fruit in these colours, scientists said Thursday.
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
French presidents’ holiday retreat open to public
It’s an old fortress on a tiny island, surrounded by pine trees and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Halal tourism takes off in Japan
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travelers.
From France’s champagne region, a Rare label
Le Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, is probably the most important and influential French regional wine board.
Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival
A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running...
Beyond the donkeys on a potholed road in southern Ethiopia is an unexpected sight – vineyards bursting with merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes ripening in the African sun.
Special parking spaces for Chinese women drivers
The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 centimeters wider...
U.S. gay marriage cases put kids center stage
With legal battles over gay marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children.
Women go online to protest ‘everyday sexism’
When Laura Bates was followed home one night by a man from her bus, she didn’t think much of it. Incidents like that just seemed to be part of living in London.
NYC man’s long-lost class ring turns up in Greece
More than 40 years after a New York man last saw his high school class ring, the love token his wife had until their wedding night popped up on a Greek island.
Many people are fascinated by the U.S., whether it is by New York’s skyscrapers, the Bronx and Brooklyn Heights, or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Las Vegas’ landscapes.
Love, racism and overblown images in Saudi Arabia
The archetypal romantic tragedy, William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” lends itself well to contemporary adaptation.
Shakira most ‘liked’ pop star on Facebook
Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most “liked” celebrity on the social network in the...
Actor Tyler Posey to host Teen Choice Awards
Actor Tyler Posey will host Teen Choice 2014, with musical groups Magic and Rixton performing on the show that awards popular teens in television, music, film, sports...
Charlie Hunnam talks about leaving 'Fifty Shades'
The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished...
Israel prevents artist from leaving Palestine
Israeli officials have prevented Palestinian artist and filmmaker Khaled Jarrar from leaving Palestine.“‘Ze zevel.’
Book Talk: Rachman on identity, writing & success
Best-selling author Tom Rachman plays with identity in his latest novel, “The Rise & Fall of Great Powers,” which follows the life of a woman taken from her home as a...
A way of moving, a way of hearing
Convention has it that dance is something that happens when you hear music. In nightclub culture, this relationship is elevated to an absurdly fevered pitch – with...
Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most “liked” celebrity on the social network in the process.
Judge orders James Brown documents made public
A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the court fight over the estate of soul singer...
Bartusiak, actress from 'The Patriot,' dies at 21
Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot," died in her Houston home, her mother said Sunday.
Actor James Garner of "Rockford Files" dead at 86
Actor James Garner, has died at age 86, the celebrity news website TMZ reports.
The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product.
'Apes' rules North American box office for second straight weekend
Sci-fi sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" beat a new horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the U.S. and Canadian box office...
Movie, TV legend James Garner dies
Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his...
Tom Hanks in Egypt for ‘Hologram for the King’
Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film “A Hologram for the King” in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country’s state news...
'Purge' sequel revisits near-future nightmare
The gulf between rich and poor; America's culture of violence; freedom pushed to its extreme limits: "The Purge: Anarchy" may be primarily an action movie, but it...
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the Official Charts Company said.
Sam Smith, Maroon 5 on tap for iTunes Festival
Last year Sam Smith says he was a spectator at the iTunes Festival.
Beyonce leads MTV Video music Awards with 8 nods
Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyonce: The singer the leading nominee at the MTV Video music Awards.
Brazilian music invades New York
The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting Thursday, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music have begun to descend upon New York,...
Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones
Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael...