Pope Francis urged "drowsy and dull kids" to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland.
Questions remain about killing of San Diego policeman
San Diego police were trying to determine whether a shooting that killed a veteran officer and wounded another was a deliberate attack.
Turkey's Erdogan: military to answer to minister of defense
Turkey's military commanders will report to the defense minister and military academies will be shut down, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, announcing moves...
Saudi Arabians among three dead in India prison fight
Three prisoners including two Saudi Arabian nationals were killed in a fight in a jail in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, officials said.
Two more militants from Ain al-Hilweh surrender to army
Two more militant from a south Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp surrendered to the Lebanese Army Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star, continuing a trend of...
3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near Seattle; suspect in custody
A gunman attacked a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the...
Masked attackers target religious devotees in Bangladesh
Masked attackers stormed a religious meeting place in southwest Bangladesh, cutting off the long hair of the worshippers, police said on Saturday.
Bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at California religious schools
The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground - California's religious colleges and universities.
Turkey's military commanders will report to the defense minister and military academies will be shut down, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, announcing moves aimed at bringing the military fully under civilian control after a failed coup.
Turkey kills 35 militants after they try to storm base
Turkey's army killed 35 Kurdish militants after they attempted to storm a base in the southeastern Hakkari province early Saturday, military officials said.
Erdogan slams U.S. reaction to failed coup
Turkey’s president slammed the United States Friday, claiming it was not standing firmly against a failed military coup and accused it of harboring the plot’s alleged...
Toll rises to 8 dead in deadliest PKK attack since Turkey coup
Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with Kurdish militants in the country's restive southeast, the army said Saturday, raising the toll from the deadliest...
Two more militant from a south Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp surrendered to the Lebanese Army Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star, continuing a trend of militants turning themselves in after an agreement between Palestinian factions and the Lebanese state last Sunday.
Hezbollah exploiting local crises: Kataeb chief
Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel has accused Hezbollah of having stake in Lebanon's political crises, saying the group will only begin to focus on local affairs once it...
Lebanon’s crises will end with Aoun presidency: MP
The only solution to Lebanon's political crises is the election of Change and Reform leader Michel Aoun as Lebanon's head of state, his nephew and party mate Alain Aoun...
Baalbek to remove political posters from highway
Baalbek-Hermel Governor Bashir Khodor Saturday launched a campaign to rid the international road in east Lebanon of political banners, state media said.
Frangieh stands ground in race for presidency
MP Sleiman Frangieh vowed Friday to stay in the presidential race, denying reports that he will bow out in favor of MP Michel Aoun.
Farmers called on the government to find sustainable solutions for the protection of apples after they lost 70 percent of their crops in the winter season.
World Bank sees oil prices below $60 until 2020
The World Bank predicted that oil prices up to 2020 would not exceed $60 per barrel, which will be close to the production cost and U.S. shale cost.
OPEC’s new chief faces fragile unity
When OPEC’s new chief starts next week, he’ll take over an organization that’s largely reconciled internal differences after a two-year fight over strategy.
Egypt to start eurobond sale process
Egypt will approach investment banks next week for a potential eurobond sale, a senior official said, part of the government’s efforts to shore up reserves and finance...
US subpoenas Goldman Sachs over 1MDB Malaysia scandal
U.S. regulators have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs for documents showing the investment giant's role in the 1MDB Malaysian bank merger scandal, a source close to...
Bank of Beirut profits reach $90.88 million
Bank of Beirut net profits in the first six months of 2016 slightly increased by 2.17 percent to $90.88 million up from $88.95 million after deducting taxes, the...
The surprising Lebanese advertising market
2016 has been labeled as a “roller coaster” advertising year, as observers anticipated that the global economic slump caused by the drop in oil prices and the regional...
Azzi calls for minimum wage hike
Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi urged the state to reconsider the country’s minimum wage, calling for a LL525,000 ($350) per month increase.
Abu Dhabi's Mubadala to buy 20 percent of Investcorp
Abu Dhabi's government-backed Mubadala Development Company has agreed to buy a 20-percent stake in Bahraini investment firm Investcorp.
A year after Iran deal, oil flows but money stuck
A jump in oil exports, business deals signed with global companies and inflation tamed: One year since Iranian negotiators gathered with the world’s top diplomats to...
Turkish central bank maintains inflation outlook
Turkish central bank Gov. Murat Cetinkaya kept his estimates for year-end inflation unchanged from April and said lower-than-predicted food prices will offset the...
U.S. regulators have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs for documents showing the investment giant's role in the 1MDB Malaysian bank merger scandal, a source close to the probe told AFP Friday.
UK and China regulators discuss framework for financial projects
British and Chinese securities watchdogs are discussing an agreement that will pave the way for landmark financial services projects between the countries, sources...
Air France labor strike grounds 139 Paris flights
Air France had to scrap 139 long- and medium-haul flights Friday at its Charles de Gaulle-Roissy Paris hub on the third day of a strike by flight crew, airport sources...
Chinese banks eye Middle East bonds
Bank of China Ltd. is heading down the old Silk Road marketing new goods: debut bonds from Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan.
U.S. economy grows a weak 1.2 percent in Q2
Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter.
Saturday’s demonstration in Beirut by civil society is intended to highlight many things such as Lebanon’s lack of accountability, poor services and corruption.
Your home or your life
Just when you think that Aleppo has seen it all – weeks of bloodshed, bombings and crippling siege – a new kind of punishment has befallen the city.
The death of world heritage sites
Climate change has claimed another victim. Almost a quarter of the coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – one of the world’s richest and most...
Trump the traitor
If Donald Trump were to become president, the United States would have a problem with many dimensions.
The strong words from the U.S. on Israel
Words are only words, but words often matter if they are the first step toward action, especially when uttered by a global power.
Terror spares no religion
After an attack as symbolic as that on a church and its priest in a quiet corner of Normandy, it is not surprising, though it is disheartening, to hear the shrill...
American paper tiger
In the high-stakes game of Middle East diplomacy, it’s advisable to keep your cards close to your chest.
Usually corruption sees individuals or groups benefit themselves at the expense of taxpayers, utilizing illegal means to take advantage of their positions for money or...
Climate change has claimed another victim. Almost a quarter of the coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – one of the world’s richest and most complex ecosystems – has died this year, in the worst mass coral bleaching in recorded history.
Besieged Syrians innovate to defy hunger, death
Thousands of Syrians in besieged areas across the country from all sides of the conflict fight daily to secure a livelihood and fulfill their basic needs using...
Cyberspace: The 21st-century battlefield
President Barak Obama’s recent decision to issue a color-coded response plan for the U.S. federal government to deter major cyberattacks, underscores the increasing...
In search of an Islamic counternarrative
Few today will doubt that since Sept. 11, 2001, Islam has had a very bad name in the West.
Can a rebuked China manage its anger?
China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals:...
Arab summits and frivolous governance
The sad spectacle of the truncated “summit” of Arab leaders in the Mauritanian capital Monday was even more embarrassing than usual for this recurring event.
Lew heads to China to rebut Trump’s globalization attacks
After a week of relentless Republican attacks on trade deals and globalization, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is heading to a meeting in China that he hopes will steady...
America presents itself as a banana republic
Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his...
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger Friday announced his retirement from international duty with immediate effect.
Maracana final was Schweinsteiger’s finest hour
Having announced his international retirement Friday, Germany’s midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger walks away from Die Mannschaft two years after his crowning...
Djokovic joins tops seeds in Toronto quarters
Top seed Novak Djokovic breezed into the quarterfinals as the Rogers Cup continued pretty much according to script at the Aviva Centre Thursday.
Wawrinka tested in two-hour Youzhny tussle
Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny for a third-round berth at the...
Duncan thanks team-mates in open letter
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the...
Atletico sign Gameiro from Sevilla
Atletico Madrid signed French forward Kevin Gameiro from fellow La Liga side Sevilla Saturday, the Champions League runners-up announced.
Argentina needs Messi, acting FA chief says
The acting head of Argentina’s FA, Armando Perez, insisted he would do all he could to lure Lionel Messi out of international retirement during an upcoming visit to the...
Former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
Factbox on Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international football Friday.
Federer to miss Olympics and rest of season
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” after...
Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favored hard court surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to...
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and said he will miss the rest of the season as he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" following knee surgery earlier...
Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs talisman who retired Monday after 19 seasons and five NBA titles, thanked fans and team-mates Wednesday in a letter posted on the Spurs website
College player in alleged assault released by team
A U.S. college football player, who alleges he was struck by Golden State Warrior star Draymond Green, has been released by his school, the coach said Wednesday night
Duncan’s retirement latest in summer of goodbyes
Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a...
Silver wants more balance after Durant move
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league might look at ways of maintaining competitive balance following Kevin Durant's blockbuster move to join the...
Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan
San Antonio Spurs long time coach Gregg Popovich described five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan Tuesday as the best example of a leader any coach in the NBA could hope for
Russia is confident that most of its Olympic team will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro, but its efforts to reinstate banned athletes are a mixed bag.
Doping tsunami leaves No. 1 sport on brink
A year of unrelenting misery, of corruption, cover-ups, bans, appeals and doping, doping, doping, has ripped the heart and soul out of athletics, the sport that likes...
Olympic torch riot deepens Rio Games woes
A riot during the Olympic torch relay cast a shadow over the Rio Games starting in just over a week Thursday, marking a new low in a ritual that had been meant to unite...
IAAF confirms Russia’s athletes ban
The global governing body for athletics Wednesday stood behind its ban on Russia’s track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, effectively leaving all...
IOC’s Bach confident Rio will solve problems
The head of the International Olympic Committee Wednesday played down problems with unfinished accommodations at the Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, saying he...
Nico Rosberg reveled in his return to home soil by topping the times ahead of his championship-leading Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday’s free practice for this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg fastest in final practice for German GP
Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the final practice for the German Grand Prix, leading Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by a narrow .057 seconds ahead of Saturday's...
Rosberg hoping to get back on top in Germany
Nico Rosberg can banish the disappointment of losing to Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton in Hungary last weekend by winning in Germany Sunday and taking...
Rosberg back on top in first practice
An in-form Nico Rosberg dominated Friday's opening free practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, clocking the fastest lap ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
Ecclestone’s mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil
The mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($36.5 million) in ransom,...
Saleh Barakat stepped onto the city’s art exhibition stage in 1991, when he opened Ras Beirut’s Agial Gallery.
A digital dragnet tightens about Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne, as played by Matt Damon across four movies, is forever disappearing off the grid only to reluctantly resurface years later and again menace the CIA.
Most of ‘Trainspotting’ cast reunited in sequel
Some 20 years after “Trainspotting” delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland’s heroin subculture, fans have been given a sneak peek...
‘Blair Witch’ sequel unveiled at Comic-Con
Participants at Comic-Con that went into a screening for upcoming horror movie “The Woods” last week were surprised to come out from the movie having watched the sequel...
Taylor Swift world’s highest-paid celebrity
At the tender age of 26, Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity, pulling in a whopping $170 million over the past year, Forbes magazine said Monday.
Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film
It’s been five years since “Harry Potter” fans said goodbye to the boy wizard, but efforts are afoot to recast his spell.
Fuqua’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ to open TIFF
Lupita Nyong’o, Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington and Emma Stone are among the stars with films headed to the Toronto festival this year.
Egypt’s neorealist, Mohamed Khan dies at 73
Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career of engaged filmmaking. State-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported that...
Some 20 years after “Trainspotting” delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland’s heroin subculture, fans have been given a sneak peek of the hotly anticipated sequel.
Thrones cast tight-lipped on final season
Jon Snow isn’t dead, but he was missed.When the cast of “Game of Thrones” gathered at Comic-Con it was minus a few key figures – including Kit Harrington, George R. R....
Marvel returns to Comic-Con with showstopper
Coogler said it was an emotional experience being at the
convention once again
A touch of humor invades Star Trek Beyond
In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs.
Drummer Steven Adler rejoins Guns N' Roses on summer tour
Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N' Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century.
Italian stylist and fashion muse Marta Marzotto has died following a brief illness at the age of 85.
Mahashweta Devi, Indian writer, social activist, dies at 90
Mahashweta Devi, a well-known Indian writer and social activist, who used her writing to give voice to the oppressed poor tribal and forest dwellers, has died. She was...
Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy dies aged 66
Hungarian novelist Peter Esterhazy, widely regarded as one of the leading figures of 20th century Hungarian literature, died aged 66 Thursday after a long battle with...
Aerosmith's Joe Perry collapses in concert
Aerosmith's hard-rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York and was said Monday to be in stable condition at a hospital.
Sophia Loren becomes honorary citizen of Naples
Sophia Loren has been made an honorary citizen of Naples, the city that formed her and became the backdrop of many of her films.
How does the mom of Usain Bolt help the world’s fastest man keep his cool?
Getting pumped and pampered in Gaza
Sparkling Mediterranean beaches, expensive restaurants and state-of-the-art health clubs do not readily spring to mind when it comes to the Gaza Strip.
'Pokemon Go' creators working to be 'respectful' of reality
The creators of "Pokemon Go" say they're working to remove real-world locations that don't wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation.
Donkey whisperer translates their ee-awws
A self-proclaimed “donkey whisperer” is encouraging people in London to use technology to help them understand donkeys’ emotions and mannerisms.
Striking styles: Makeup for the season
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...
Saudi snow city tests kingdom’s capacity for fun
At a shopping mall in southern Riyadh, a woman shrouded in black robes and bulgy black coat throws snowballs at her young son, giggling underneath a face covering.
He's a skydiver working with a net – but no parachute
He's made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world's most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for "Ironman 3."
Whey to go: 17th-century cheese found in Baltic wreck
Divers searching the wreck of an 17th-century Swedish warship on the bed of the Baltic say they have found de Brie.
Study finds cosmic rays increased heart risks among Apollo astronauts
Apollo astronauts who ventured to the moon are at five times greater risk of dying from heart disease than shuttle astronauts, U.S. researchers said on Thursday, citing...
Healthy clones: Dolly the sheep's heirs reach ripe old age
The heirs of Dolly the sheep are enjoying a healthy old age, proving cloned animals can live normal lives and offering reassurance to scientists hoping to use cloned...
Farewell Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe
Earth bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae Wednesday, severing communications after a year-long silence from the pioneering probe hurtling through space on a comet.
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.
Who’s Next hits Beirut
Saab brings New York glam to the catwalk
Chakra’s star shines in bright Paris Fashion Week
Life’s a peach: Bikfaya brings people together
Winding past bars and restaurants late Friday through the busy Beirut streets balancing a box of 24 peaches with the name Bikfaya splashed across, someone calls out...
The skies were clouding over as I strode briskly across that famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, ready for a productive day checking off Florentine must-sees.
Man-made hills on NYC island offer great views
Four new hills built on New York City’s Governors Island offer sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, unique places to hike and climb, and massive...
Bucharest a showcase of eclectic architecture
Bucharest was once known as “Little Paris of the East.” But English, not French, is the preferred foreign language in Romania’s capital city, and 96 percent of its...
What color is paella? A chef’s answer
Of course we are familiar with the Spanish rice dish paella, we say. It is the color of a Mediterranean sunrise, a coral red or saffron yellow. Chef Rosa Camprodon...
A culinary expedition with Peru's top chef
As a teenager on the streets of Lima, Virgilio Martinez aspired to a life of extremes, hoping to become a professional skateboarder.
There are all manner of ways to broach the topic of cars, and most of them revolve around fuel economy, performance, space and reliability.
Years on, Toyota Yaris sliding on former glory
For a country afflicted with a creaky infrastructure, especially on the transportation and energy fronts, and a society which for the most part is as much concerned...
Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla into trucks, buses and car sharing
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy...
BWW 4-Series car world’s answer to couture
I think carmakers are deliberately trying to mess with me, especially the two marques that for some reason I find myself helplessly drawn to.
Finland auctions Soviet cars abandoned by migrants
Collectors with a penchant for old Soviet cars will head to the Arctic this weekend where the Finnish customs will auction dozens of cars abandoned by migrants crossing...
Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world.
To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk walk
If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to consider scheduling some time for a brisk walk – just make sure you can spare at least an hour.
To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk
If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk – just make sure you can spare at least an hour.
Scientists find potential new antibiotic, right under their noses
Scientists in Germany have discovered a bacteria hiding out in peoples' noses that produces an antibiotic compound that can kill several dangerous pathogens, including...
Sliver of hope seen in Alzheimer's drug trial
Efforts to find a drug that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease saw a glimmer of hope this week in a small trial using an experimental treatment.