Authorities have arrested three men accused of stealing LL23 million ($15,000) in merchandise from a mobile phone store in the Metn town of Jal al-Dib, the Internal Security Forces said Friday.
Rai lays foundation stone for Qatar's first Maronite church
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Friday morning laid the foundation stone for a Maronite church to be constructed in Doha, Qatar – which Lebanese news outlets report will...
Philippine govt to ask court for extra time to produce drug war records
The Philippine government will ask the Supreme Court for more time to answer its order to hand over records of thousands of deadly encounters in its war on drugs, and...
Trump invited Putin to US during phone call: Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the United States during a phone call, and said he would be glad to see Putin in the White...
No reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad: Russia
U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar...
Pharaon accuses Sehnaoui of corruption in electoral dispute
Minister of State for Planning Affairs Michel Pharaon Friday accused former Telecommunications Minister Nicholas Sehnaoui of corruption, claiming the latter stole “at...
Solution to teachers’ salaries to be endorsed
Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh said Thursday that he would work to pass a law to amend salaries for educators before the end of the current Parliament’s term –...
Beware of poisonous wild mushrooms and fish, heal
Lebanon residents should beware of eating certain wild herbs, mushrooms and fish that are poisonous to humans, a Health Ministry source told The Daily Star Thursday.
The Philippine government will ask the Supreme Court for more time to answer its order to hand over records of thousands of deadly encounters in its war on drugs, and will not comply until the president agrees, the national police chief said on Friday.
Basque separatist group ETA apologizes for 'harm' it has caused: statement
The Basque militant group ETA apologized Friday for the "pain" and the "harm" that it caused during its decadeslong fight for an independent state, and appealed to its...
US is making it hard for Aeroflot crews to get visas: Kremlin
The Kremlin said Friday that the United States was deliberately making it difficult for Aeroflot crews to obtain U.S. visas and that it was concerned by the situation.
European lawmakers demand Russia World Cup boycott
A group of EU lawmakers Friday urged the bloc's leaders to boycott this year's football World Cup in Russia to protest over Moscow's "mockery of European values".
U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency.
Syrian army bombards Yarmouk camp: Observatory
The Syrian army bombarded militants in the last area outside government control near Damascus overnight, as President Bashar Assad accelerated his push to retake...
Russia and Syria must let inspectors visit Douma
Britain's U.N. ambassador said Thursday the Russians and Syrians must uphold the promises they made to let chemical weapons inspectors visit the site of a suspected...
Hard to know if Syria's borders will remain as they are
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining its territorial...
Daesh to give up last pocket in Syrian capital
Syrian state media says Daesh (ISIS) militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus.
After years of wrangling, Lebanese lawmakers passed a new vote law in June that will govern the parliamentary elections slated for Spring/Summer 2018. The move marks a major step forward for the country, as political work had ground to a halt while lawmakers focused solely on agreeing the final text.
Elections 2018: Tip of the day
Every day between now and the parliamentary elections on May 6, The Daily Star will print a tip for voters.
New vote law leaves Lebanese perplexed
Lebanon’s bizarre electoral law has more than a few politicians scratching their heads – and others bowing out of the race entirely.
Metn race spills over as Kanaan cries defamation
MP Ibrahim Kanaan is fighting for re-election both in the public sphere and the courts, part of an increasingly heated race in Metn.
Hariri: We need statesmen to lift Lebanon
Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged voters Thursday to elect politicians who make the interest of Lebanon prevail over the interests of sects and parties, saying the...
Subsidized housing loans for limited income families are expected to be reactivated in a few months after the Finance Ministry and Central Bank pledged to inject more cash for this program, the head of Public Corporation for Housing Rony Lahoud said Thursday.
ABL urges government to revise double taxation
The head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey has renewed his call on the government to revise taxes that he says harm the economy and affect the...
Market has capacity to absorb higher oil prices: Saudi minister
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices after crude made a strong recovery.
The great Russian oil game in Iraqi Kurdistan
Last October, at the height of a political crisis in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, a letter arrived at the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sechin, head of Kremlin...
Britain says will protect Northern Ireland's place in UK internal market
Britain said on Friday it would protect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market, following a newspaper report that the European Union had rejected Prime...
Lebanese Australian takes 5 pct of Bank of Beirut
Lebanese Australian businessman Sarkis Nassif has acquired 5 percent of Bank of Beirut’s ordinary and capital stake, the bank announced Wednesday.
Local franchises face opportunities, tests
Lebanese franchises are increasingly looking to grow their brands beyond Lebanon and the region.
MENA growth to hit 3.1 pct in 2018: report
A World Bank report has projected economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa will reach 3.1 percent in 2018 compared to 2 percent in 2017.
Gulf bonds a safe place to hide
Investors’ appetite for risk is back, but most of the issues that soured the mood across emerging markets last week are a tweet away from flaring up again.
Saudi reforms to bring foreign funds
Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in global equity indexes and the planned privatization of oil company Aramco are expected to bring big inflows of overseas money into the...
Abu Dhabi industrial zone attracts $1 bln FDI from China
Foreign direct investments from Chinese companies in Abu Dhabi’s industrial free zone has touched $1 billion in less than a year and is expected to rise when the UAE’s...
Britain said on Friday it would protect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market, following a newspaper report that the European Union had rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for avoiding a hard border in the province.
Lagarde urges countries to settle trade disputes, cut debt
The head of the International Monetary Fund is urging countries to work out their differences over trade and take advantage of a healthy world economy to reduce debt...
Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook
Asian shares fell back Friday after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices.
Trump slams OPEC, will not accept high oil prices
U.S. President Donald Trump Friday criticized OPEC for rising oil prices that he said were being artificially raised and would not be accepted, as oil prices appeared...
German police arrest Porsche manager over diesel scandal: company
German police have detained a Porsche manager in a probe into the diesel emissions cheating scandal hanging over the luxury car brand's parent company Volkswagen.
Israelis this week are celebrating “Independence day,” marking 70 years since the creation of the state of Israel, according to the Hebrew calendar.
Time to up the pressure
The Arab world has been waiting for a long time for an American leader with the vision, the sense of justice and the will to reconnect again with the region and its...
Arab old guard must wake up to sustainability
Listening to some Arab delegates at international conferences, you would think they came from an alien planet.
How corruption impedes universal health coverage
Half of the planet cannot access essential health services.
The last Reaganite, the transformation of the GOP
Paul Ryan’s decision to retire from Congress is being interpreted as a sign by many that the Republicans will do poorly in the midterm elections.
Charting a new course
Campaigns for parliamentary elections in Lebanon have often turned the political debate into a competition in the mastery of charm to attract support for a candidate...
Eye of the storm
The region is being deafened by the drums of war, and as signaled by aggressive rhetoric, the redeployment of fleets, and relocation of bases and missiles, there is no...
Path to prosperity
At a time when Lebanon has much to be upbeat about, and as the country stands with purpose at the start of a long and challenging transformation, the last thing it...
Abadi struggles to maintain campaign narrative
With parliamentary elections set for May 12, most of the campaign has so far consisted of prominent major figures such as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker...
How to make academia great, and relevant, again
Academic freedom is a precious commodity, critical to ensure that discovery of the truth is not encumbered by political or ideological forces.
Time to address water in the climate change fight
Climate change undoubtedly poses a potent – even existential – threat to the planet.
Trump weighs consequences of Syria strike
After fulminating about retaliation for the latest Syrian chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration cooled off long enough to consider the dangers of such a...
The internet has a bigger problem than Facebook
A word of advice for Congress as it ponders new schemes for internet regulation after the “perp walk” this week of Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg: Don’t do it.
Russia short on options if Trump bet fails
Russia long saw Donald Trump as the wild card in its strategy to improve relations with the United States.
How the courts could protect the Mueller probe
If U.S. President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that won’t necessarily be the end of his investigation.
Liverpool forward Mohammad Salah hopes to stay clear at the top of the scoring charts to claim this season’s Premier League Golden Boot award, adding that his teammates were eager to help him achieve the goal.
Another bicycle kick hurts Juve’s fortunes
First it was Cristiano Ronaldo.
Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach quarters
Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by an inspired Dominic Thiem in the third round Thursday, with the Austrian fifth seed progressing to the...
Nadal doesn't see himself skipping tournaments like Federer
For now, Rafael Nadal doesn't see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open.
Durant leads Warriors to 3-0 lead over mourning Spurs
Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich.
Russia probes monkey chants ahead of World Cup
Russian football chiefs said Thursday they will probe apparent monkey chants directed at Cape Verdean midfielder Nuno Rocha during a domestic cup semifinal this week.
Future uncertain for Borussia Dortmund manager
After another difficult season for Borussia Dortmund, Peter Stoeger has yet to show he can revitalize a club still missing the charisma of Juergen Klopp.
Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will leave the club at the end of season, the Frenchman said in a statement issued by the Premier League club on Friday.
Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by an inspired Dominic Thiem in the third round Thursday, with the Austrian fifth seed progressing to the quarterfinals.
Djokovic battles past Coric, Nadal into last 16
Novak Djokovic needed 10 match points to see off Borna Coric in the Monte Carlo Masters second round Wednesday, while world No. 1 Rafael Nadal eased past Aljaz Bedene...
Dimitrov, Thiem reach Monte Carlo third round
Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem both had to come from a set down to win their second-round matches at the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday.
Djokovic thrashes Lajovic in Monte Carlo opener
Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic showed signs of a return to form with a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic in the Monte Carlo Masters first round Monday.
James’ epic start helps Cavs even series
LeBron James crystalized his reputation as one of the best playoff performers in NBA history Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a Game 1 rout with a...
Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors
DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points as the Toronto Raptors overwhelmed the Washington Wizards 130-119 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NBA...
Durant, Thompson sink Spurs, Wade stuns Sixers
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson handed San Antonio a painful shooting lesson as Golden State took a grip on their Western Conference playoff duel Monday.
Durant, Thompson star as Warriors sink Spurs
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson produced 30-point games as the Golden State Warriors took a stranglehold on their Western Conference playoff series against the San...
Australia test captain Tim Paine pledged Thursday to embark on a new era of “respectful” cricket and rebuild public trust after the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the sport.
Violent esports not welcome at Olympics: IOC
Esports with violent content cannot be considered for the Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday.
Brady yet tell Patriots if he’s in for 2018
Tom Brady is not yet officially committed to playing in 2018, but the New England Patriots and others close to him expect the 40-year-old back for his 20th season.
Poirier beats Gaethje by TKO
Dustin Poirier hobbled in on crutches after way-too-many kicks made it tough to bend his right leg. He had stitches in his face, and he may have broken his left hand.
'That should never happen': marathon collapse sours final day
A marathon runner's dramatic collapse struck a sour note on the last day of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday as hosts Australia finished runaway winners on the medals...
Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One rivals should beware the backlash because the four-time world champion’s dip in form will not last long, his former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg has warned.
Max needs to think more, Verstappen’s father says
Max Verstappen’s father Jos has advised the Red Bull driver to think more carefully after his recent botched overtaking maneuvers drew criticism and calls to calm down.
Red Bull, Ferrari prizing open Mercedes’ grip
It may be premature to call the end of an era of Mercedes domination but Daniel Ricciardo’s thrilling win for Red Bull in Shanghai Sunday marks a clear shift in the...
Ricciardo celebrates surprise victory in China
Daniel Ricciardo made a string of thrilling overtaking moves to snatch a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory Sunday after a safety car strategy gamble by his Red Bull...
Shanghai ‘disaster’ clouds title hopes: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton declared his Chinese Grand Prix a “disaster” Sunday and said Mercedes would find it tough to repeat their F1 championship victory unless they can sort...
Beirut Art Residency is a non-profit organization that offers a two-month residency program for international and local artists from all artistic backgrounds.
Beiteddine Festival unveils summer bill
Beiteddine Art Festival is gearing up for its 33rd edition, with a series of cultural acts aiming to draw spectators from all corners of the country and beyond.
Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender fetches $250,000 at auction
The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of...
Coachella homecoming with Destiny’s Child reunion
Beyonce returned spectacularly to the stage with a joyous, homecoming-themed party at the Coachella festival where she delighted fans with a rare reunion of her former...
‘Scandal’ wraps, pop culture impact stays
As “Scandal” wrapped its seventh and final season on ABC Thursday, the political drama – starring Kerry Washington as professional problem solver in the nation’s...
Tribeca opens with ‘Gilda’
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with pugnacious political words from Robert De Niro and the tender opening-night premiere, “Love, Gilda,” an...
Art from a land without a present
The latest exhibition at Dar El-Nimer is “Sci-Fi Trilogy,” featuring work by Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour.
Crowe movie jockstrap gifted to Blockbuster
John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is trying to give one of the last Blockbuster Video locations in the world a little help.
The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of Dallas.
As “Scandal” wrapped its seventh and final season on ABC Thursday, the political drama – starring Kerry Washington as professional problem solver in the nation’s capital – left behind a number of contributions to pop culture, including catchphrases and a killer wardrobe.
‘Westworld’ struck? Join the club
Baffled by some of the plot lines in sci-fi television series “Westworld?”
New film untangles Lisbeth Salander’s past
The latest cinematic installment of the smash hit “Millennium Series” will reveal more details about mysterious hacker heroine, Lisbeth Salander, and delve into her...
The Rock: From video games to the big screen
It was a decades-old, deep love of arcade video game “Rampage” for actor Dwayne Johnson – and now the burly action star has been able to inhabit the treacherous...
Nick Nolte looks back on his movies and mug shots
You might remember Nick Nolte’s infamous mug shot from 2002, the one where the three-time Oscar nominee wears his hair wild and his shirt Hawaiian.
Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he would launch a cryptocurrency to connect with fans, but also backed the regulation of virtual currencies.
Police: Man arrested at Taylor Swift house had knife, rope
A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on...
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died.
Geoffrey Rush 'virtually housebound' in defamation case
Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush is "virtually housebound" and "barely eats" after a Sydney newspaper claimed he engaged in inappropriate behaviour at a theatre, his lawyer...
Topless protester charges at Bill Cosby as retrial begins
A topless protester with "Women's Lives Matter" written on her body in red ink charged at Bill Cosby as he walked into a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the...
Stripy and Jake are bear cubs fed by bottle, who frisk around happily.
Facebook to limit reach of new EU privacy law
If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data goes into effect, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users worldwide would be protected by it.
Japanese firm to trial urine test to spot cancer
A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening...
Preconception diet hurts kids’ health: studies
A child’s health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before conception,...
Festival for man’s best friend a barking success
A four-legged security guard greeted attendees Sunday at the entrance to WoofFest, making sure the guests were friendly and nonaggressive toward others.
Wood-chopping booms in Australia
A flash of metal glinted in the Sydney sunshine as Curtis Bennett took one last swing of his axe and brought it down hard on the log at his feet.
Cosby team turns to star witness with drug experts on deck
Bill Cosby's lawyers turned to their star witness in the comedian's sexual assault retrial, countering the harrowing accounts of a half-dozen accusers with a woman who...
Pot holiday traces roots to high school stoners
Friday is April 20, or 420. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot’s enduring and universal slang for smoking.
A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.
Immunotherapy a hope against lung cancer
For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer.
Haitan roots behind new anti-wrinkle oil
Swiss fragrance company Givaudan has begun recycling Haitian vetiver roots to make a new cosmetic substance it said can reduce wrinkles and help scents linger longer.
Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse claims
The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California’s medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his...
Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws?
Ethicist foresees being able to choose your baby
So you want to have a baby.
Facebook introduces new privacy safeguards in Europe
Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe as part of efforts to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and...
Scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme
Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could help in the fight against pollution.
Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants
Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach.
German police raided the offices of Porsche and Audi Wednesday as part of a fraud probe against two top Porsche executives and a former employee of the luxury carmaker in connection with the diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Tesla raises production but falls short of Model 3 goals
Electric car maker Tesla Inc. increased production of its Model 3 mass-market car in the first quarter but still fell far short of the numbers it promised last summer.
New cars getting driverless safety features
Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of...
Waymo to buy 20,000 Jaguars for robotic ride-hailing service
Self-driving car pioneer Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for a robotic ride-hailing service.
New cars are quickly getting self-driving safety features
Britain on Thursday announced plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England, as part of a push to tackle global marine pollution.
Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition
A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of...
Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions
The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth...
Top EU court says Poland broke law with forest logging
The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that Poland broke EU environmental law with large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest, an ecologically important...
Iceland resumes fin whale hunt after two-year pause
Icelandic whaling company Hvalur said Tuesday it would resume its controversial hunt of endangered fin whales after a two-year suspension, sparking angry protests from...