Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States.
Trump warns NKorea missiles will get better
President Donald Trump said after North Korea’s latest failed rocket launch that communist leader Kim Jong Un would eventually develop better missiles, and “we can’t...
EU courts Iran to boost moderates before polls
Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to show Iranians preparing to vote in a May 19 presidential poll that it...
New Hamas chief to be announced soon: officials
The new leadership of Palestinian movement Hamas will be announced in the coming days, officials said Sunday, while it also prepared to unveil a new version of its...
Rai blasts political inaction in visit to south
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Sunday called on politicians and officials to put their differences aside and come to an agreement on an electoral law, reiterating that...
At 100 days, Trump as both outsider and insider
President Donald Trump is turning from his dramatic debut as an outsider president to focus on advancing his plans to cut taxes and get tough on trade deals.
May denies being in ‘different galaxy’ on Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May Sunday denied she was “in a different galaxy” after European Union leaders were reportedly dismayed by her Brexit negotiating demands...
U.S. Marines return to volatile Helmand
U.S. Marines returned to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand over the weekend, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO’s combat mission ended in 2014, as...
Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to show Iranians preparing to vote in a May 19 presidential poll that it is committed to a nuclear deal and they stand to benefit, EU diplomats say.
Tunisia police clash with militants
Tunisian police killed one Islamist militant and another died when he detonated his suicide explosive belt during an exchange of gunfire in the central city of Sidi...
UAE military expands into Africa, Mideast
The United Arab Emirates is better-known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into...
Microsoft creates ‘Dubai Font’ typeface
The Dubai government Sunday announced the launch of “Dubai Font,” the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city, which will be available in 23 languages.
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Sunday called on politicians and officials to put their differences aside and come to an agreement on an electoral law, reiterating that it remains the only safeguard for the interests of the public.
Massive shipment of Captagon stopped in Tripoli
The following security developments took place in Lebanon over the weekend.
Protests ramp up ahead of Labor Day
Protests to mark Labor Day on May 1 will be held Monday as labor unions and parties called for a wide turnout to demonstrate against recent policies that affect...
Zeaiter calls on govt to end Bekaa security breaches
Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter Sunday called on the government to arrest fugitives and put an end to Bekaa Valley security breaches, the state-run National News...
Musawi urges govt to protect Litani River
Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi urged the government Sunday to protect the Litani River, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos Friday brushed off criticism of the results of the tender to manage Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport’s duty-free zone, saying the winning firm made the best offer from all the participating companies.
Sanctions not a fait accompli: lawyer
A U.S. lawyer suggested Friday that new proposed U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah and its allies are not final and can be amended.
New refinery to make Iran petrol self-sufficient
President Hassan Rouhani Sunday opened a refinery on the Gulf that he said would make Iran self-sufficient in the production of petroleum.
Libyan fund sues Societe Generale
Libya’s $67 billion sovereign wealth fund will go head-to-head with Societe Generale in London’s High Court Tuesday over claims the French investment bank paid $58.5...
Vacant apartments held for ransom in Spain
A wall of bricks and cement covers the window of a brand new apartment on the ground floor of a quaint building in Barceloneta, a trendy seaside neighborhood in...
Oil giants interested in Lebanon: Abi Khalil
Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil Friday hailed Lebanon’s ability to attract “the world’s largest oil companies” to invest in its oil and gas sector.
Bank Audi’s profits unchanged at $110M
Bank Audi, one of the largest Lebanese banks in terms of assets and deposits, said Thursday that its net profits in the first quarter of 2017 remained unchanged at $110...
PAC wins management of airport duty free, again
Mohammad Zeidan’s company PAC won the tender for the management and investment of the duty free at Rafik Hariri International Airport for another four years, after...
Aramco CEO says peak oil demand is misleading
The boss of Saudi Arabia’s state oil company defended petroleum as the mainstay of the global economy, countering theories that demand will peak within years with his...
Dubai’s Abbar said to buy into venture capital
Dubai-based business tycoon Mohamed al-Abbar is weighing buying into venture capital firms in the Middle East to help kick start his $1 billion technology fund,...
Saudi Arabia losing oil market share to Iran
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, is losing market share to Iraq and Iran as a result of OPEC’s agreement to curb supplies to bolster prices, according...
A wall of bricks and cement covers the window of a brand new apartment on the ground floor of a quaint building in Barceloneta, a trendy seaside neighborhood in Barcelona.
How much higher can the euro go?
Key questions facing investors as the first week of May begins.
Markets learning to tell Trump’s bark from bite
Nobody should ever try to judge an investment over a period of just 100 days.
Investors risk being lost in the crowd
The dream of crowdfunding is to democratise finance – the little guy gets to decide what wins and loses, not just the seasoned professionals.
Italy extends tech tax fight to Amazon: reports
Italian tax authorities are chasing U.S. online retail behemoth Amazon for 130 million euros ($140 million) in tax on its Italian operations, local media reported...
Monday is Labor Day, an occasion to reward and acknowledge the working man and woman.
A messenger of peace
The message Pope Francis conveyed in addressing the ills of religious extremism and terror during his visit to Egypt resonated not only in the Arab world’s most...
What Brexit mandate for Theresa May?
British Prime Minister Theresa May doesn’t exactly have a reputation for unpredictability.
The French election and Europe’s future
A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to celebrate.
National defense and a media-obsessed White House
As President Trump nears the 100-day benchmark, it’s a good moment to examine the relationship that has evolved between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in...
A quagmire of death
The quagmire of violence in Syria intensifies by the day.
Enough is enough
There are legal ways to protest in Lebanon.
Blind, deaf and dumb
For the past few days events have been held across Israel and the world to mark the Holocaust, and remember that unspeakable crime.
Trump’s diplomatic deficit
Connecting the strategic dots between Afghanistan, Syria and North Korea has become an unavoidable task.
The education of Trump – and us
There are so many unusual, unprecedented aspects of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office that it’s hard to know where to begin.
Convergent authoritarianisms in Egypt and Turkey
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory on April 16, following a narrow win of the “Yes” campaign, he marked a turning point in the country’s history.
As President Trump nears the 100-day benchmark, it’s a good moment to examine the relationship that has evolved between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in chief and his unflappable Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy
Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world.
Can young prince refashion Saudi Arabia?
Two years into his campaign as an agent of change in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be gaining confidence and...
Trump could learn from Harry Truman
The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman.
How to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome
I didn’t really believe that there was such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome – hatred of Donald Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.
Rafael Nadal hailed a “dream start” to his clay court season after romping to his tenth Barcelona Open Sunday, sweeping aside Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.
Spurs keep pressure on Chelsea
Chelsea took a significant step toward the Premier League title Sunday with victory at Everton, but Tottenham ensured that the champagne will stay on ice for a bit...
Wild card Siegemund wins Stuttgart title
Germany’s Laura Siegemund was the shock winner of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament Sunday after her three-set win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the final.
Nadal one win from 10th Barcelona title
Rafael Nadal moved to within one win of a 10th Barcelona title on Saturday when he swept past Argentina's Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the clay court...
Cavs, Warriors well rested as round two opens
Defending champions Cleveland and season win leaders Golden State, each seeking a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, are well-rested as the second round of the...
Sunderland recounts hard route to Dakar podium
It comes as a relief to finally win after years of work and sacrifice, 2017 Dakar Rally winner Sam Sunderland told The Daily Star in an exclusive interview on the...
Tops and flops of Bayern’s fifth straight title
Bayern Munich won a fifth-straight German league title Saturday with a 6-0 win at Wolfsburg.
Five things we learned in the Premier League
Premier League leaders Chelsea were left four points out in front with four games to play as second-placed Tottenham Hotspur maintained their title charge with victory...
Smooth Sharapova cruises into Stuttgart semis
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova cruised into the Stuttgart Grand Prix semifinals Friday, extending her winning comeback from a doping suspension with a smooth 6-3...
Andy Murray losses to Thiem in Barcelona Open semifinals
World No. 1 Andy Murray lost to Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the Barcelona Open semifinals on Saturday.
Sharapova falls in semi-finals on doping comeback
Maria Sharapova lost in the semi-finals of Stuttgart's WTA tournament on Saturday, her comeback from a 15-month doping ban ending in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Kristina...
Defending champions Cleveland and season win leaders Golden State, each seeking a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, are well-rested as the second round of the playoffs began Sunday.
Celtics, Wizards advance to second round
Avery Bradley led a balanced offensive attack as the Boston Celtics advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 105-83 rout of the Chicago Bulls Friday
Raptors, Spurs advance to playoffs’ second round
Kawhi Leonard tallied 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 103-96 victory over Memphis Thursday.
Wizards, Celtics back on top in East playoffs
The Washington Wizards regained control of their first round NBA playoff series, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 103-99 Wednesday with the help of a 27-point performance by...
Dream Team legend Bird steps down as Pacers boss: report
Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the NBA's Indiana Pacers, the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" player having spent the past two decades with his home-state...
British boxer Anthony Joshua’s stunning 11th round knockout of Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko was hailed Sunday as having restored some much-needed prestige to the tarnished image of heavyweight boxing.
Frenchman Levy wins Volvo China Open
Alexander Levy overturned a seven-stroke deficit to win the Volvo China Open in a sudden-death playoff Sunday.
At 41, Klitschko finds acclaim in defeat
It never happened in the decade when the prosaic nature of his heavyweight domination quite underwhelmed boxing but, at the age of 41, Wladimir Klitschko belatedly...
Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck killed near Mount Everest
Swiss climber Ueli Steck, famed for pioneering new mountaineering routes and setting speed records, was found dead on Mount Everest on Sunday morning, officials said
Joshua, Klitschko in heavyweight battle of ages
Heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko meet Saturday in a bout that pits the young and seemingly invincible champion against the aging and deposed former...
Finland’s Valtteri Bottas celebrated the first Formula One victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix Sunday after jumping both Ferraris at the start and then holding his nerve over the tense closing laps.
Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in practice
Formula One front-runner Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in Russian Grand Prix practice Friday with the resurgent Italian team appearing to have a clear edge...
Palmer suffers a dent to car and ego
Jolyon Palmer bashed his car and dented his ego at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday.
Vettel leads Ferrari front row sweep in Russia
Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel secured Ferrari's first pole position since 2015 on Saturday with team mate Kimi Raikkonen completing a front row sweep...
Vettel confirms Ferrari domination
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel reconfirmed Ferrari's resurgence by topping the times ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in Saturday morning's final free...
Does the summer movie season still exist?
Auction of Soviet art triggers probe in Moscow
The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow’s art community, where it was widely seen to be...
Watson: The Circle tackles ethics, privacy
Emma Watson says making her new movie “The Circle,” about a fictitious social media giant, had been a tough and vulnerable experience that brought home issues of ethics...
Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series
A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an...
Fyre Fest fiasco: Bahamas party becomes huge disappointment
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism expressed its deep disappointment in how a music, art and culture festival imploded, leaving hundreds stranded and angry.
Islamic romance a hit in Bangladesh
Kasem bin Abubakar was told that nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi...
In Demme’s eclectic career, a rock’n’roll beat
Through Jonathan Demme’s freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock’n’roll beat.
Genius drama is Einstein tell-all
The unparalleled brilliance and puckish wit?
Emma Watson says making her new movie “The Circle,” about a fictitious social media giant, had been a tough and vulnerable experience that brought home issues of ethics and the boundaries of privacy in an increasingly public age.
There are aliens out there, Ridley Scott says
“Alien” creator Ridley Scott says he’s convinced that there are aliens out there – and one day they could come for us.
Russian diplomats get ‘Mad Men’ makeover
In the opening scenes of Russia’s new series “The Optimists,” Soviets stroll past shiny U.S. appliances at the 1959 American Exhibition in Moscow, held to bring two...
'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies at 73: publicist
Movie director Jonathan Demme, best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" has died at the age of 73, his publicist said on Wednesday
Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit
For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.
Lady Gaga, sensual and acrobatic, debuts song at Coachella
Lady Gaga debuted a R&B-tinged love song Saturday as she headlined the Coachella festival, where the pop diva cast herself as sensual rather than sensational
Year of the glitch: Sound fails Radiohead at Coachella
Radiohead salvaged a headlining set at the Coachella festival from disaster Friday, following a glitch-plagued opening in which the audio system repeatedly crashed.
Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer
Ukraine Saturday complained of "unprecedented and unacceptable" calls from the Eurovision Song Contest's organizers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia's contestant.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks paid tribute Friday night to the late director Jonathan Demme, the man who brought them together on his film "Philadelphia," which won each of them Oscars.
Gwyneth Paltrow creating Goop magazine with Anna Wintour
Gwyneth Paltrow and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are teaming up to take the actress' Goop website to print through a partnership with magazine publisher Conde Nast.
Caitlyn Jenner tells all in new memoir
Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday in an Associated Press interview about her rocky road to transition and why she wrote a tell-all memoir, "The Secrets of My Life."
Maqamat dance company honors Lebanese choreography icon Abdel Halim Caracalla
Maqamat dance company paid tribute to the achievements of choreographer Abdel Halim Caracalla under the auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, state media said Sunday
Tributes and discord one year after Prince death
One year after Prince's death, the pop legend's purple-clad fans converged Friday on his estate for a festive celebration, but some found it marred by commercialism and...
In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media.
The future of college? Online classes
Connor Mitchell’s university classes take place online, he doesn’t have any exams and he studies in a different country every year.
Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions
Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.
Samsung to update software over 'red screen' smartphone
Electronics giant Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained...
Beirut Bangladeshi community celebrates New Year
Hundreds of Bangladeshis from all walks of life gathered at the UNESCO Palace late last week to usher in the Bengali New Year, in festive style.
Hobbyhorsing craze in Finland show of girl power
Sporting a black leather jacket, dyed red hair and a tattooed arm, Alisa Aarniomaki looks like she’s on her way to a rock band rehearsal session.
Cosplay with hijabs showcased in Malaysia
Muslim women dressed as superheroes, princesses, and mighty sword-wielding warriors took part in a hijab cosplay event in Malaysia Saturday, where the role-playing...
Indians throng temple to crack Trump's visa curbs
Hundreds of Indians gather daily at a 500-year-old Hindu temple in southern India where they pray for a single wish – an increasingly elusive U.S. visa.
Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin
The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the...
Researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’
It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water.
Russian, American two-man crew blasts off to ISS
A Russian and an American blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the first two-person launch to the International Space Station in over a...
MEA’s Hoteit talks youth engagement
“All my worry used to be about making people believe in female pilots, and women doing any masculine job.
Glitterati step out for Beirut Fashion Week
Beirut Fashion Week opened early this week, ushering in what the organizers say is one of the biggest international events hosted in Lebanon and the region.
Tripoli’s new language institute offers immersion
The Levantine Institute of Tripoli – unique in its location and core mission – welcomed the local community and potential students to a rooftop event last weekend in...
Sanaa Ayoub launches sparkling fashion collection
Lebanese fashion designer Sanaa Ayoub launched her 2017 spring/summer collection earlier this week, with a range of looks best described as eveningwear flirting with...
Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the U.K. arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a 12,000-kilometer (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route
Brexit makes campsites cool again
Before last year's Brexit vote, Scott McCready was struggling to fill his holiday cabins on the coast of southwest England
Bangkok 'unique' despite street stall edict: Thai tourism boss
Bangkok's street food culture will survive a crackdown on vendors, Thailand's tourism chief vowed Thursday, assuring travelers that a city renowned for its chaotic...
Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard
In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom’s “Sin City.”
Musicians chase fame on west Africa's musical islands
Every April, the tiny island capital of Cape Verde is taken over for a week by musicians of all stripes, trailing dreams of record deals and sold-out stadiums
I often remind myself that to truly appreciate something old, I must judge it not by today’s standards, but according to those prevailing at the time of its conception.
Timeless Mercedes roadster that refuses to age
Pick pretty much any mass-produced car rolling off the factory floor today. It looks spiffy and smart doesn’t it, all gleaming with its new coat of paint, sprightly...
Giddy Up! Automakers raise horsepower, speed to new heights
Fred Croatti often drives his silver Dodge Charger Hellcat to the grocery store, turning heads as he rumbles through the parking lot with a supercharged 6.2-Liter...
Black Badge: The dark side beckons
Sometimes you need to tackle a topic head on, call a spade a spade if you will, and here it is: No one ever dropped several hundred thousand dollars on a Rolls-Royce...
Faced with a shortage of polio vaccine, the World Health Organization urged countries Friday to resort to smaller, fractional doses to ward off outbreaks of the crippling disease.
Epilepsy drug behind up to 4,100 'severe birth defects' in France: officials
The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in...
Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India
A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation...
Global tobacco death toll still climbing
The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has...
Orphaned bear cubs win hearts in Montenegro
Two orphaned bear cubs have captured hearts in Montenegro after a farmer rescued them from starving to death in the wild.