The now familiar traffic jams caused by protesting public drivers again blocked highways Thursday in the latest action against privatization and increased fees at auto-inspection centers.
Lebanon prosecutor files charges against 5 terror suspects
A military judge Friday filed charges against a Lebanese national and four other Syrians for belonging to the extremist organization Daesh (ISIS), state media reported
UN voices fear that hundreds missing after fleeing east Aleppo
The U.N. human rights office voiced concern Friday that hundreds of men may have gone missing after fleeing eastern Aleppo into government-controlled parts of the city.
Saudi border guard killed in mine blast on Yemen border: agency
A Saudi border guard was killed by a landmine explosion on the border with Yemen, the Saudi state news agency SPA said Friday, quoting an Interior Ministry spokesman.
Dutch politician Wilders convicted of discrimination against Moroccans
* Judges levy no sentence or fine
* Wilders calls verdict "totally insane", will appeal
* Prosecutors had demanded 5,000-euro fine
* National elections are...
Palestinians offer alternative plan for wall
Palestinian security officials proposed a new plan to allow fugitive militants to leave Ain al-Hilweh and build an electrified fence around the south Lebanon...
Sleiman calls for Lebanon's neutrality in region's crisis
Former President Michel Sleiman warned Friday that Lebanon is at risk of political polarization and called for neutrality toward the region’s crises.
Man found dead after torture in Sidon
A 50-year-old man was found dead with blood all over his body Friday in the southern city of Sidon, a source told The Daily Star.
Opposition groups blocking civilians from fleeing east Aleppo: UN
Syrian opposition groups are reportedly blocking civilians from fleeing the eastern part of Aleppo as regime troops advance in the city, the United Nations human rights...
Regime air strikes resume on east Aleppo after 'pause': monitor
Syria's government resumed air strikes on remaining rebel-held territory in east Aleppo on Friday, a day after regime ally Moscow announced a "pause" in the assault, a...
Spain to send more soldiers to help Iraq forces combat ISIS
Spain says it plans to send an additional 150 soldiers and police to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces combatting ISIS
* Judges levy no sentence or fine
* Wilders calls verdict "totally insane", will appeal
* Prosecutors had demanded 5,000-euro fine
* National elections are scheduled for March 15 (Adds reaction from prime minister, Moroccan group, edits)
By Toby Sterling and Anthony Deutsch
AMSTERDAM, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Judges on Friday convicted Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders of discrimination against Moroccans but levied no punishment in a ruling that could influence elections just three months away.
South Korean parliament votes overwhelmingly to impeach President Park
South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the...
Nobel prize was incentive in Colombia peace: Santos
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday said the Nobel Peace Prize was a "gift from heaven" and gave a "tremendous push" to reach a new agreement with FARC...
Officer and refugee: Policeman straddles worlds
Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after...
WWII sacrifice of Free French defending Hong Kong
Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic “Free French” took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders.
Beirut traders demand tax equality with neighboring suburbs and warned of divestment, local Ad-Diyar daily reported Friday.
Improvement in hospitality after election
Hotels, furnished apartments and restaurants witnessed only a slight improvement in activity following the election of President Michel Aoun, representatives of the...
As prices soar, Sisi says pound is undervalued
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sought to shore up confidence in the pound Thursday as inflation accelerated to the highest level in eight years following the...
Glencore, Qatar Buy $11B stake in Rosneft
Commodity trader Glencore PLC and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund agreed to buy a 10.2 billion euro ($11 billion) stake in Russia’s largest oil producer from the state in...
Greeks strike against austerity
Greeks went on strike Thursday to protest against planned labor reforms and painful austerity cuts demanded by European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders as...
Family Business Network Levant launched in Beirut
Businessmen and diplomats Wednesday emphasized the important role played by family businesses in the economy of countries all over the world.
MEA to acquire four additional planes
The Middle East Airlines is negotiating the acquisition of four additional wide-body aircrafts to beef up its current fleet, the chairman of the national carrier...
BLOM PMI at nine-month high in November
The private sector activity slightly improved in the month of November 2016 on the backdrop of the election of the president, according to BLOM PMI.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sought to shore up confidence in the pound Thursday as inflation accelerated to the highest level in eight years following the central bank’s decision to abandon all currency controls.
Bosnia goes halal to serve Gulf visitors
Bosnian banks, food producers and hoteliers are adopting halal standards to tap a fast-growing market thanks to the country’s large Muslim population, an influx of Gulf...
Turkey's leader renounces foreign currencies to boost lira
Turkey's leader has renounced foreign currencies in favor of the ailing lira currency in keeping with his appeal to Turkish citizens to do the same, his spokesman said...
Busy lawyers put Egypt economy overhaul on notice
Salama Faris is in demand these days, and that’s bad news for the Egyptian economy.
Greeks went on strike Thursday to protest against planned labor reforms and painful austerity cuts demanded by European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders as part of a bailout review.
European Central Bank adds $580B in stimulus
The European Central Bank is adding half a trillion euros ($580 billion) in stimulus to the eurozone economy as it hopes to support growth as Europe heads into what...
Tech startups target financial services
It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era.Silicon Valley is pressuring banks to change their...
EU takes legal action over VW scandal
The European Union started legal action Thursday against seven countries including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after...
ECB surprises markets with bond buying slowdown
The European Central Bank on Thursday extended its mass bond-buying program, but at a slower pace than analysts had expected, as it offers continued support to a...
Syrian President Bashar Assad must think the public has the memory span of a goldfish when he makes pronouncements to the media.
For decades, politics has been in the hands of some 150 families, a fact that is understood, if not accepted, by the Lebanese.
Opposition gains shift Kuwait’s balance of power
Kuwait’s parliamentary elections on Nov. 26 produced significant changes in the balance of power between opposition groups and the state.
France makes moves as Aleppo nears collapse
During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, then-GOP nominee Donald Trump made a bold assessment on the war in Syria – one that officials within the U.S....
Trump muffs his first foreign policy test
Whatever else future historians say about Donald Trump’s early foreign policy moves, they’re likely to note the erratic and, in many ways, self-defeating nature of the...
The events of Monday night at the United Nations Security Council were a new act on the world stage.
The great news is that, after some very difficult and lean years, Lebanon still matters in the minds of a cross section of big countries.
Patience wearing thin
Many who are following the latest developments in the uphill battle to form a new government are becoming increasingly frustrated, to say the least.
A better global framework to end AIDS
This week, we celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
Chinas civilizational diplomacy
China is quickly becoming a world power, capable of exercising considerable influence over other countries.
The power of undecided voters
After the tumultuous events of the Brexit and Trump’s victory in the U.S. elections, the world has witnessed another unpredicted situation that is the Italian...
Whatever else future historians say about Donald Trump’s early foreign policy moves, they’re likely to note the erratic and, in many ways, self-defeating nature of the president-elect’s initial dealings with China, the country many analysts view as America’s most important long-term rival.
Democrats need to better connect with voters
As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution.
Will Trump embrace new high-tech weapons
The Pentagon has begun briefing key allies on plans for advanced weapons technologies aimed at offsetting Russian and Chinese military gains.
A world where the truth is losing
Richard Stengel, State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, bluntly states the problem that has been worrying him, and should worry us all: “In a global...
Be thankful for Donald Trump’s insincerity
Perhaps we should be thankful this week for Donald Trump’s insincerity.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Manchester United goal to set up a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine Thursday and take Jose Mourinho’s side into the last 32 of the Europa League.
FIFA chief Infantino defends 48-team WC
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended his latest proposal for a 48-team World Cup, saying it would not extend the tournament beyond the existing length nor...
Djokovic has not worked hard enough
Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world No. 1 by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former...
Argentina takes maiden Davis Cup title
Federico Delbonis swept aside Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s deciding rubber as Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title with a stunning fightback...
Spurs rally, roll toward history on the road
The San Antonio Spurs erased an early 10-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-91 Tuesday and extend their perfect record on the road to 13-0.
Antlers squeak into Club World Cup quarters
Substitute Mu Kanazaki snatched a late winner as Japanese champions Kashima Antlers survived a scare to reach the Club World Cup quarterfinals Thursday, beating...
Dortmund strike late, beat Madrid to top spot
Marco Reus’ dramatic equalizer two minutes from time ensured Borussia Dortmund beat holders Real Madrid to top spot in Champions League Group F with a pulsating 2-2...
Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record
Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record.
Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world No. 1 by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former coach Boris Becker said Wednesday.
Cilic, Dodig push Croatia to brink of Davis Cup
Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Argentine pair Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4, 6-3 in Saturday's doubles to put Croatia 2-1 up in the...
Murray takes aura of invincibility into 2017
Forget the latest addition to Andy Murray’s creaking trophy cabinet, the $2.4-million check and the adulation of a nation.
Murray wins Tour Finals, on top of world
Andy Murray will finish 2016 on top of the world rankings after an imperious 6-3, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic clinched his first ATP Tour Finals title Sunday.
Thompson’s 60 and a big NBA night
Plenty of points for Klay Thompson. Plenty of everything, as usual, for Russell Westbrook.
LeBron James steers clear of Trump hotel: report
LeBron James is among a group of Cleveland Cavaliers players who have refused to stay in a hotel affiliated with President-elect Donald Trump when the NBA champions...
LeBron stops the rot as Cavs hold off Raptors
LeBron James scored 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped their three-game losing streak with a battling 116-112 win over the Toronto Raptors Monday.
Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups.
Bjorn named fourth Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Tuesday with the task of reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
Dubai Masters suspended after death of caddie
The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour, was suspended Wednesday after the death of a caddie.
Thomas Bjorn named European Ryder Cup captain
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn will captain the European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, Ryder Cup Europe announced Tuesday.
A healthy week for Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods finished his first tournament in just over 15 months, and it showed Sunday in the Hero World Challenge.
Fernando Alonso would be on the list of possible replacements for retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes despite his contract with McLaren, according to team boss Toto Wolff.
F1 to return to France after 10-year absence
The French Formula One Grand Prix will return in 2018 after a 10-year absence with the race scheduled to take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France,...
Formula One champion’s seat up for grabs
Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement has given champions Mercedes a headache as they seek to fill Formula One’s most desirable drive.
Rosberg stuns F1 with retirement bombshell
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world...
Reaction to Rosberg retirement
Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One Friday by announcing his retirement, only days after he had won the world championship with Mercedes at the season-ending Abu Dhabi...
Drawing on her own experience as a wartime evacuee, British actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave said her new film about refugees was aimed at ensuring people stay sensitive to the issue.
A chat with Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn
No matter how much you think you know about the Beatles, Mark Lewisohn probably knows more.
President-elect attacks SNL ... again
Donald Trump is bashing “Saturday Night Live” and impersonator Alec Baldwin again.
Kirk Douglas at 100, still in love with Anne
Kirk Douglas, whose illustrious career has taken in some of cinema’s landmark roles, turns 100 on Friday.
Beyonce, Adele nominated for top 3 Grammy Awards
Beyonce and Adele are competing in the top three categories at the Grammy Awards.
Books grab visitors to BIEL expo
Visitors attending the Beirut International Arab Book Fair are interested in different types of books but, in a reflection of the region’s situation, politics remains a...
Woman described as Canada's Rosa Parks to appear on banknote
A black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian...
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk a mesmeric trip
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is not a war movie in the traditional sense.
Sonia Braga plays the role of her life at 66
While female actors are fighting for more and better roles in Hollywood, Sonia Braga got the part of her life at 66 in Kleber Mendonca Filho’s “Aquarius.”
Pacino, Eagles get Kennedy Center honors
Al Pacino, The Eagles, James Taylor, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich were celebrated Sunday for their lifetime achievements...
Shirley MacLaine on angels and New Mexico
Shirley MacLaine is direct, funny and down-to-earth no matter what the topic, including the guardian angels and aliens she accepts as givens.
Neil Diamond to hit road for anniversary
Neil Diamond took “Song Sung Blue” to the top of the charts, and now he promises to leave “no song unsung” when he takes the stage next year for a world tour.
Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show
Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami Friday...
Selena Gomez the master of Instagram in 2016
Pop star Selena Gomez dominated Instagram in 2016, enjoying more followers than any other celebrity and accounting for the site's most popular photos.
Ariana Grande wins top American Music Award
Canadian rapper Drake won his first ever American Music Awards Sunday, Ariana Grande was named artist of the year, and punk band Green Day took aim at newly elected...
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time Thursday when his ballet dancer girlfriend gave birth to a son in New York, his publicist said.
Prog-rock pioneer Greg Lake dies of cancer aged 69
British rock musician Greg Lake, singer with 1970s progressive rock groups King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died of cancer aged 69, his manager announced...
Algerian maestro Fergani dead at 88
Algerian singer Mohamed Tahar Fergani, considered a master of the Arab-Andalusian musical genre, has died aged 88, Algerian media said Thursday.
Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings
A judge on Wednesday rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about custody arrangements in his divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt
Dunham and Coates, mutual admirers, talk writing and Trump
"Girls" creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common.
The encounter had seemed promising enough, but the couple brought together by an online dating site failed to connect because of one glaring, irreconcilable difference: He was a Donald Trump supporter, she was not.
Houdini’s secrets unlocked in Hungary
Ninety years after his death, the secrets of the world’s greatest escape artist, Harry Houdini, have been unlocked in a recently opened Hungarian museum devoted to the...
Egyptian mummies virtually unwrapped in Australia
The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology...
European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash
European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test...
Iceland plays tourism card, for better for worse
An island of ice and lava battered by the Arctic winds, Iceland’s dramatic and pristine landscape is attracting a growing number of tourists, not all of whom are...
Pantone Color Institute's color of the year is 'greenery'
Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute Thursday plucked fresh and zesty "greenery" as the color of the year for...
Pharrell, celebs put on the Ritz with Chanel
Pharrell Williams put on the Ritz for Chanel’s scintillating midseason fashion show Tuesday – donning pearls on the “Cafe Society” catwalk at the restaurant of the...
Daredevil pilot’s ordeal after South Sudan crash
Veteran British pilot Maurice Kirk has had his share of mishaps flying vintage planes around the world, but even his maverick mettle was tested after crashing in...
The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition.
Icy basin in Pluto's heart may be natural sinkhole
The deep icy basin in Pluto's heart-shaped region may be a natural sinkhole.
Japan plans supercomputer to leap into future
Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and...
Hands-on toys that teach are hot
Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.
An island of ice and lava battered by the Arctic winds, Iceland’s dramatic and pristine landscape is attracting a growing number of tourists, not all of whom are respectful of the fragile ecosystem.
Visiting a beach town where kings were born
The beach town of Lahaina in western Maui was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a place where kings were born.
Stairs from Eiffel sell for over half a million
A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for more than half a million euros, auctioneers said Wednesday – more than 10 times the presale estimate.
Sarajevo hostel offers taste of life in war
A hostel in Bosnia is offering visitors a unique experience: the opportunity to live like civilians in a war zone.
Now you can visit the Rolling Stones’ 1962 flat
When Mick Jagger was coming up with ideas for an exhibition highlighting The Rolling Stones’ five-decade-long career, he wanted to recreate the mood of the band in its...
I had a dream. No, it wasn’t the MLK kind of dream but something more along the lines of Route 66.
LA Car Show: A Lebanese visitor’s perspective
Following a rather eye-opening visit to the Los Angeles Car Show a few days ago, I quickly realized that most reviews focused on the fact that manufacturers are moving...
Toyota GT 86 offers old-school fun
Come to sunny California, they said.
Italians help VW campers get back va-va-voom
How many enthusiasts does it take to restore a fleet of rust-riddled Volkswagen camper vans?
Car booster seats for kids are getting better
Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.
Crispy Christmas trees: Staged fire shows risks
It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno.
Feds target sleep apnea, speeding after deadly train crash
Federal regulators want all passenger train operators in the U.S.tested for sleep apnea after the engineer in September's deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was...
Monkey study could lead to ‘functional’ HIV cure
Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn’t make house calls.
Tunisia reports H5 bird flu in wild birds - OIE
Tunisia has reported an outbreak of
the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus among wild birds in the
north of the country, the World Organisation for Animal...