Progressive Socialist Party head MP Walid Jumblatt Saturday criticized Lebanese-born American right-wing political pundit Walid Phares over recent comments he made about the Lebanese Army and new U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah.
FSA faction retreats from front lines near Arsal: source
Free Syrian Army affiliated Saraya Ahl al-Sham withdrew from the fighting in the outskirts of Arsal Saturday, a senior security source told The Daily Star.
Venezuela opposition calls for massive march before vote
Thousands are gathering in the Venezuelan capital for a march toward the embattled nation's Supreme Court in an escalating push to stop President Nicolas Maduro from...
Qatar's BeIN sports network back on air in UAE
Qatar's BeIN sports network was broadcasting again Saturday in the United Arab Emirates, according to subscribers to its channels which have been blocked since the...
Macron, Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko to discuss Ukraine
French President Emmanuel Macron will call the leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine on Monday to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine, his office said in a...
Ibrahim urges unity against terrorism
General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim Saturday called for national unity, saying it is even more important than the fight against terrorism.
Machnouk vigilant on Arsal outskirts updates
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Saturday headed a number of meetings to follow up on the humanitarian conditions in northeastern Lebanon’s Arsal outskirts after...
Hariri touches down in US, ready to meet Trump
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in the U.S. Saturday to begin his official visit, local media reported.
Thousands are gathering in the Venezuelan capital for a march toward the embattled nation's Supreme Court in an escalating push to stop President Nicolas Maduro from proceeding with his plans to rewrite the constitution.
Erdogan condemns Israel's 'excessive' use of force in Jerusalem
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday denounced as "excessive" the use of force by Israeli security forces in clashes around a sensitive Jerusalem holy site...
Egyptian court sentences 28 to death over prosecutor killing
An Egyptian court has sentenced 28 people to death for their involvement in the assassination of the country's prosecutor general in 2015.
Eastern commander's forces battle resistance in Libya's Benghazi
Fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and rival armed groups in Benghazi killed six troops and wounded eight as the LNA advanced into the last pockets...
French President Emmanuel Macron will call the leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine on Monday to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine, his office said in a statement.
Spain rescues 57 migrants from 2 boats in Mediterranean
Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 57 migrants from two boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco.
Trump Jr., Manafort consider private interview with senators
President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't testify publicly next week and are instead discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate...
16 Afghan policemen killed in US strike
A US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington's efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.
Walesa supports Poland's new political struggle
WARSAW: Polish democracy icon and ex-President Lech Walesa has told a large crowd of anti-government protesters in Gdansk that he will always support their struggle.
Lebanon’s private sector is up in arms after Parliament endorsed new taxes and approved the salary scale for civil servants and public school teachers.
New taxes could reduce banks’ profitability
The newly endorsed taxes will probably affect Lebanese banks’ consolidated profits in the coming years but will not dissuade lenders from financing the state’s needs,...
Saudi Arabia curtails crude flow to U.S.
Saudi Arabia is making good on promises to curtail oil shipments to the United States with the likely intention of draining visible inventories and support prices.
JPMorgan, Citi expect Mideast bonds slow
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., the biggest debt arrangers in the Middle East and North Africa, expect regional sales to slow for the rest of the year after...
That was fun; now comes the slowdown
For all the talk of world economies rising in sync, there does not seem to be an abundance of optimism about how long it will last.
Household sentiment decline reflects discontent
The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index dropped by 6.3 percent in the second quarter of the year compared to the previous quarter due to the decline in household...
Illegal seaside ventures post challenge for fines
The newly endorsed fines on seaside properties will test the government’s determination to collect long overdue money from investors who profited for over 20 years from...
EDL boosts electricity production to new high
Lebanon’s electricity production has exceeded 2,200 megawatts from 1,650 and 1,700 MW just a few months ago, state-owned Electricite du Liban said in a statement Monday.
Workers, communities key to Libyas oil revival
When the head of Libya’s state energy company visited Sharara oil field in early July, community leaders and workers crowded into a conference room to ask about jobs,...
Turkey urges Israel to push Cyprus on pileline
Turkey wants Israel to use its clout to push Cyprus into allowing a pipeline to pass through its waters so the region’s natural gas can be exported to Europe.
Foreign food chains brave risks for bite of Iran
For years, Iranians have had to put up with the likes of “Mash Donalds” and “Pizza Hat.” Now real Western food franchises have finally arrived, but doing business in...
The airports of the future are here
No matter how well-regarded a particular airport happens to be, the slog from curb to cabin is pretty much the same wherever you go.
Bank profits near precrisis peak in U.S.
The last time big U.S. banks made so much money, the financial world was heading toward the brink of collapse.
Siemens retreats from Russian energy
Germany’s Siemens tried to distance itself from a Crimean sanctions scandal Friday, halting deliveries of power equipment to Russian state-controlled customers and...
Brexit diaspora gets organized
Robert Harrison was enjoying a drink with a compatriot in a Munich beer hall a few weeks before Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union when he realized he...
The clashes seen Friday around Arsal and the Lebanese-Syrian border are in no way a surprise.
Just ink on paper
The real tragedy in America’s decision to renege on its commitment to aid Syria’s moderate rebels lies in the fact that the move surprised no one.
Urfa: Aspirations and education meet
Since the year 2011 ]the world has been witnessing the biggest displacement crisis since World War II.
Britain’s European ties that bind
Since the official start of Brexit negotiations last month, attention has been focused largely on the most contentious issues: How much the United Kingdom owes to the...
Star-crossed history of CIA paramilitary action
What did the CIA’s covert assistance program for Syrian rebels accomplish?
A political travesty
At times of heightened political interest, naysayers, party puppets, ambitious politicians and some of the more subjective media search for controversy wherever they...
A start, and a good one
The voyage of the salary scale has finally come to an end.
The controversy about the presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, although not new, has suddenly taken on a life of its own, with some politicians and opportunists...
A ‘Macroneconomic’ revolution?
Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on Aug. 9, 2007, when Banque Nationale de Paris announced that the value of...
Tunisia’s risky war on corruption
Since May 2017, Tunisia has ramped up a serious anti-corruption campaign.
Trump’s surprisingly strong start with India
Heading into the recent meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump, expectations were modest.
Is there a role for political Islam?
The diplomatic machinations that have enveloped Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar may seem like a membership feud in a Gulf club for the wealthy.
Cooperation with Russia: The right step in Syria?
When Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin Friday in Hamburg, Germany, the two presidents should have had in the back of their minds the insignia worn by the Syrian...
Daesh after Raqqa
On June 6, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the launch of the battle to liberate Raqqa from Daesh (ISIS).
Be grateful for these brave Americans in Syria
For this Independence Day, at a moment when the tone of our political life would probably shame our founders, here are snapshots of some brave American soldiers and...
Juergen Klopp has declared Liverpool will not part with their best players as speculation continues over the future of midfielder Philippe Coutinho amid a proposed move to Barcelona.
United down City in US friendly
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford were on target as Manchester United defeated Premier League rivals Manchester City 2-0 in their International Champions Cup preseason...
Wimbledon trophy Federer’s hangover cure
Croaky and hungover, Roger Federer could barely recall where he had been as he celebrated until dawn.
Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon
Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who...
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball posts triple-double, in Adidas
Lonzo Ball had another strong performance in the NBA Summer League, this time in another brand of footwear.
Mexico, Jamaica into Gold Cup semifinals
Defending champions Mexico claimed the final semifinal berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over the offensively-challenged Honduras national team Thursday at...
Conte praises Morata as Costa’s exile confirmed
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte marveled Friday at the “crazy” transfer fees demanded for players, though he praised 80-million-euro ($92.2-million) newcomer Alvaro...
Wily Boasson Hagen wins Tour 19th stage
Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen took a shortcut to win Friday’s 19th stage of the Tour de France while Chris Froome edged closer to overall victory.
Muguruza eyes more trophies, not rankings
Newly crowned Wimbledon women’s champion Garbine Muguruza says she would rather be ranked 10th in the world and win more Grand Slams than focus on reaching the top of...
Roger Federer, from Mr. Angry to Mr. Perfect
From racket-smashing enfant terrible with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected sporting role model and modern icon, Roger Federer has come a...
A look at Wimbledon champion
Here is a look at Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 in the Wimbledon men’s singles final Sunday.
Harden signs extension in richest NBA deal ever
James Harden became a star in Houston, and now he’s ready to call the city home.
Iguodala sticks to Warriors, Tucker joins Rockets
Free agent swingman Andre Iguodala has agreed on a three-year deal to remain with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, with the 33-year-old reserve confirming the...
Curry inks $200 million deal with Warriors
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has clinched a new five-year deal worth $201 million, the richest contract in NBA history, ESPN reported on Friday
Rockets to take Chris Paul, Jackson leaves Knicks
A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
The world swimming championships will usher in a new era following the retirement of American great Michael Phelps when eight days of racing commence at Budapest’s Duna Arena Sunday.
Bolt goes sub-10sec in Monaco
Sprint superstar Usain Bolt ran a season’s best of 9.95 seconds to win the 100-meter at Friday’s Diamond League in Monaco.
Spieth out in front in British Open
Jordan Spieth completed a second round of one-under-par 69 Friday to sit in the lead at six-under at the halfway stage in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth in tie for lead at British Open
Jordan Spieth produced one of his best major championship efforts to take a share of the lead alongside fellow Americans Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar after the first...
Barguil wins Izoard stage, Froome keeps yellow
Frenchman Warren Barguil won his second stage of the Tour de France on the imposing Col d’Izoard Thursday as compatriot Romain Bardet snatched back four seconds from...
Lewis Hamilton has hinted he could walk away from Formula One at the end of the season, while also indicating it was highly unlikely.
Hamilton slashes Vettel’s lead to one point
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row Sunday while a penultimate-lap puncture slashed Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a...
Hamilton reigns at Silverstone to cut Vettel lead
Lewis Hamilton swept to his fourth consecutive victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday to move within a single point of world championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Bottas doubles up in Silverstone practice
In-form Valtteri Bottas registered a “double top” ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to confirm his title credentials in Friday’s opening practice sessions ahead...
Motor racing-Hamilton on pole for home British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for his home British Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Saturday with a sensational lap that left him one step away from...
Malaysia has banned "Despacito" on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song's record-breaking popularity
Exhumation of Dali remains finds moustache intact
Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test – a move that...
Besson’s Valerian struggles for liftoff
When even most of the good spectacles carry a strong whiff of prepackaging, try taking in the air of Luc Besson’s sci-fi extravaganza “Valerian and the City of a...
Netflix makes ‘Hall H’ debut with big budget
Imagine “End of Watch” with orcs and fairies and magic.
GoT creators look to alternate U.S. Civil War
The creators of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has neither dragons nor an undead...
Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test – a move that opens the possibility for a woman who says she is the surrealist artist’s daughter to claim part of the Dali estate.
Syrian Billy Elliot dances his way to a new life
From Palmyra to Paris, Ahmad Joudeh, the Syrian Billy Elliot, is set on showing the real image of his country and erasing the horrors of Daesh (ISIS).
In The Last Knight, fifth round for Transformers
A concussed serenity sets in somewhere in the midst of the ceaseless ballet of metal and machismo in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
In NY, Syrians bring home war’s cost
Six Syrian actors battled a fraught U.S. visa process to tread the boards in New York this week, seeking to impress upon American theatergoers the human cost of a war...
John Lasseter: Disney man to infinity and beyond
When John Lasseter was in high school, he was astonished to discover that people could make money from drawing.
Theron on a mission to defy gender norms
Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron said she hoped to even the playing field in the male-dominated spy film genre with her latest role as a deadly agent in...
Chinese censors can’t bear Winnie the Pooh
Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China’s censors?
R&B star R. Kelly on Monday denied explosive allegations that he was holding women in virtual slavery with control over all aspects of their lives
Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89
Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile...
Pop star Beyonce posts first pictures of twins on Instagram
Pop star Beyonce posted the first pictures of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, in an Instagram post on Friday
Topless protesters disrupt Woody Allen concert in Germany
Topless activists interrupted a concert by Woody Allen in Germany, calling for an end to the "culture of silence" around sexual abuse allegations against the US director
Baalbeck festival honors composer Romeo Lahoud
Baalbeck International Music Festival Friday debutted with a ‘Lebanese night’ and an honorary ceremony for renowned music composer and playwright Romeo Lahoud
HIV experts at an international conference starting on Saturday are keenly courting colleagues in oncology to explore whether advances in harnessing the immune system against cancer can help the search for a cure for AIDS.
Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise
The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since...
Syrian barber creates art on clients’ heads
In a city full of hair stylists, Muhannad Khaled Omar stands out. Omar, 26, is a Palestinian-Syrian stylist known for shaving celebrity portraits into clients’ hair.
Battering rams of the Arctic: Icebreakers
When ice floes stretch to the horizon in the Arctic Circle, threatening to strand ships, icebreakers are in their element.
Peregrine falcon dies after flying into UC Berkeley window
One of two baby peregrine falcons born on the University of California, Berkeley campus died after flying into a window, university officials said Wednesday
Living healthily, learning more could cut dementia cases by a third
Learning new things, eating and drinking well, not smoking and limiting hearing loss and loneliness could prevent a third of dementia cases, health experts said Thursday
Are asteroids humanity’s ‘greatest challenge?’
Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species...
Something fishy: Thai doctors battle cancer-causing fish dish
It wasn’t until he got to medical school that Narong Khuntikeo finally discovered what caused the liver cancer that took both of his parents’ lives: their lunch.
Northwest Passage’s history marked by death
Explorers had long speculated about the existence of an Arctic route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and would avoid the long journey around South...
Hijab cosplay grows in Southeast Asia
After donning a blue Cinderella dress, Sind Yanti carefully arranges her pale yellow hijab, or traditional headscarf, into folds that resemble hair.
NBC News launches new broadcast on Snapchat
NBC News launched a news show Wednesday on Snapchat, a first-of-its-kind broadcast aimed at a younger audience.
Britain's Natural History Museum unveils huge whale skeleton
Britain's Natural History Museum in London suspended a gigantic skeleton of a blue whale in its main entrance Thursday, drawing attention to vanishing species in an...
Tech companies wage war on mosquitoes
American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other...
New way to see artery damage before heart disease sets in
Researchers have developed a new way to non-invasively peer into a person's arteries, detect inflammation, and possibly ward off heart disease before it becomes too...
Sexist Silicon Valley culture denounced
A growing chorus of voices denouncing sexist culture is echoing through male-dominated Silicon Valley, knocking a number of internet industry executives from their...
1983 shouldn’t have been particularly memorable for most people, but for me it was traumatic.
Electric cars in Beirut? The joke of the century
Developments over the past week or so have forced me to come to a startling conclusion: There’s a new crisis heading toward us and it’s unavoidable.
Tesla produces first Model 3 sedan
Electric automaker Tesla has produced its first Model 3 sedan, a highly anticipated car because it carries a relatively low sticker price.
MB 190E 2.5-16 Evo II: Humble start to legend
I’m still feeling nostalgic for the days when the car industry kept us enthralled and wondering what new marvelous machine they would come up with next.
Tesla says its Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday
Electric car maker Tesla says its much-ballyhooed Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday.