On one side of a rural highway in north Lebanon’s Zgharta district, a small group of women moved through an olive grove gathering the remaining fruits from the ground at the end of a day of harvesting.
Local MPs split on new Electricite du Zahle law
Zahle MPs Tuesday were divided over a new law rushed through Parlaiment the night before giving local firm Electricite du Zahle a two-year operation contract to...
Trump: France would’ve lost wars if not for U.S.
U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his verbal assaults against France Tuesday, suggesting that America’s stalwart European ally would have been vanquished in both...
Brexit divorce deal text agreed by EU, U.K.
The European Union and Britain have agreed a draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement and Prime Minister Theresa May will present it to her senior ministers...
Black Tunisians seek equality, fight racism
Tunisian Nadia Borji says that she wants to be considered as equal but fears she will end up buried in her town’s so-called “slaves” cemetery because she is black.
U.S. ambassador calls for investments in electricity
U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard said Tuesday that Lebanon’s economy cannot grow without basic infrastructure.
Man breaks into house, beats elderly woman
The Internal Security Forces arrested a man who broke into a house, beat the owner and stole jewelry from her, the agency reported in a statement Tuesday.
Lebanon needs new education system: World Bank
Lebanon’s education framework should focus on real-life skills sought by employers, reduce the gap between top and bottom performers and better integrate refugees, a...
U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his verbal assaults against France Tuesday, suggesting that America’s stalwart European ally would have been vanquished in both world wars if not for the military firepower provided by the United States.
CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta
CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials to cover the White House be returned because their revocation violates...
Leader of 'angry police' in France found dead in suspected suicide
A French officer who warned that growing anti-police violence was undermining morale in the force has been found dead at her home in a suspected suicide, the...
Iranian migrants steal French boat and sail to Britain
A group of Iranian migrants stole a fishing boat from a French port and sailed across the Channel to Britain, slipping past border officials to complete a journey...
Shiite militia leaders plan to call shots in Iraq
In May, Hassan Fada’am traded his military fatigues for a suit when he became one of 45 Shiite militiamen elected to Iraq’s 329-seat parliament.
U.S. to ‘squeeze’ Iran ‘until the pips squeak’
The United States will step up enforcement of sanctions on Iran, national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday, as Tehran tries to find ways to evade the...
Calm in Hodeida in middle of diplomatic pressure
Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Yemen’s Hodeida intensified Tuesday as Britain said the Arab coalition had agreed to the evacuation of wounded rebels from the...
Facebook auction of child bride could inspire other families: activists
The auction of a South Sudanese girl for marriage on Facebook could spur other families to use social media to demand bigger dowries for their daughters, activists...
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh Tuesday reiterated BDL’s determination to continue upgrading the supervision of all banks and financial institutions to avoid a financial crisis in the future.
Politics chokes Lebanon’s access to Gulf markets
Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed...
IMF: Mideast oil producers buoyed by high prices
Higher oil prices are helping to offset increases in public spending by the Middle East’s oil exporting heavyweights like Saudi Arabia, with these countries narrowing...
Trump criticizes Saudi plan to cut oil production
U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Saudi Arabia’s announced plan to cut oil production Monday, as tensions rose between the U.S. and its longtime Middle East ally.
Oil falls, Trump urges OPEC not to cut supply
Oil prices fell more than 1 percent Tuesday, with benchmark Brent crude slipping below $70 per barrel and U.S. crude under $60, after U.S. President Donald Trump put...
Arab airlines transferred 297 million in 2017
The number of passengers in Arab airlines in 2017 surged by 7.7 percent to reach 297 million, Secretary-General of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization Abdel-Wahab...
Sfeir urges stability for country’s prosperity
The Daily Star talked to Salim Sfeir, the chairman of Bank of Beirut group, on the performance of the bank and his views on Lebanon’s economy and the banking sector.
Bank of Beirut acquires bank in Europe: media
Bank of Beirut has acquired a small bank in Luxembourg as part of an overall strategy to establish a foothold in Europe, according to news media.
Higher oil prices are helping to offset increases in public spending by the Middle East’s oil exporting heavyweights like Saudi Arabia, with these countries narrowing their budget deficit by $77 billion, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.
Iranian firms dominate Iraq expo, Saudis absent
While Saudi Arabia courted Iraqi leaders behind closed doors over the weekend, its archfoe Iran made a more public showing by turning out at the Baghdad International...
No cash in Khartoum as Sudan tries to halt crisis
Many cash machines in the Sudanese capital have run out of banknotes as the government scrambles to prevent economic collapse with a sharp devaluation and emergency...
US security chief Bolton vows to 'squeeze' Iran
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton vowed Tuesday to "squeeze" Iran "until the pips squeak," a week after a tough new round of sanctions came into force.
Oil prices fell more than 1 percent Tuesday, with benchmark Brent crude slipping below $70 per barrel and U.S. crude under $60, after U.S. President Donald Trump put pressure on OPEC not to cut supply to prop up the market.
Apple has a Plan B as iPhone demand wanes
In a world where iPhone demand is on the wane, Apple Inc. has a Plan B.
Putin’s isolation denting growth plan for Russia
President Vladimir Putin is finding out the hard way that Russia can’t accelerate economic growth and build barricades to limit the fallout from future U.S. sanctions...
China-backed deal pushed to 2019
A China-backed bid to complete the world’s largest trade deal without the United States was pushed back to next year after Asia-Pacific trade ministers failed to agree...
Europe profits disappoint, some look to Santa
European stocks just can’t seem to escape the bunker.
After a tense few days, courtesy of a fiery speech over the weekend by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that seemed to smother any possibility of a breakthrough in the formation of a much-needed government, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri offered the Lebanese people a semblance of hope with his measured response.
Lebanon in jeopardy
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah didn’t mince words over the weekend, coming out with a loud-and-clear, “My way or the highway,” abandoning any attempts at...
The importance of local governance to world peace
Leaders from around the world gathered in Paris Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day,...
Making our economies community-centered again
Economics teaches that the measure of an individual’s well-being is the quantity and variety of goods he or she can consume.
Things don’t always work themselves out
When confronting bad news these days, many tend to assume that it’s just a bump on the road and that things will work out.
The picture is gradually growing clearer, and it has become quite evident that March 8 and its sponsors have an ample supply of rabbits in their hats ready to be laid...
Loyalty to Lebanon
The region enters a dangerous new phase Monday, as the U.S. administration restores sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Not time for antics
In Lebanon, the spirit of partnership in governance is not a luxury but the one thing that allows 18 different sects to coexist in peace in this tiny country.
Leaders from around the world gathered in Paris Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.
The silver lining in digital disruption
Technology is often oversold as either a panacea for the world’s problems or an unshakeable curse inflicting disruption and displacement on the most vulnerable.
Trump’s diminishing power and rising rage
The drama of Donald Trump’s presidency has centered around whether an extremist president would be able to carry out an extremist policy agenda against the will of the...
The global impact of a Chinese recession
When China finally has its inevitable growth recession, which will almost surely be amplified by a financial crisis, given the economy’s massive leverage, how will the...
U.S. needs leader to capture technology
A conference here to gather American business and military experts to discuss the coming revolution in artificial intelligence was a good Election-Day measure of the...
Mattis walks Trump tightrope on troops at border
When President Trump issues an election-time order to send up to 15,000 troops to confront what many experts say is a nonexistent threat on the U.S.-Mexico border, what...
Pushing for full transparency for tuna fishing
A cluster of small Pacific islands is poised to make history in the management of global fish stocks.
Europe’s coming year of reckoning
BERLIN Politically, 2019 will be an extraordinarily important year for the European Union.
Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a 20-year professional career.
Susanna Dinnage Premier League chief executive
Susanna Dinnage, a senior executive at media organization Discovery, has been appointed chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore, the top...
Anderson hammers Nishikori in ATP Finals
Kevin Anderson handed Japan’s Kei Nishikori a humiliating 6-0, 6-1 thrashing at the ATP Finals as the South African moved to the brink of a semifinal berth Tuesday.
Zverev sees off Cilic threat in ATP Finals match
Alexander Zverev kept his nerve at the key moments to beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) at the ATP Finals Monday.
Beirut hold on for overtime win over Riyadi
Beirut Club withstood a Riyadi comeback to record a double overtime win and snap their rivals’ perfect start to the Lebanese Basketball League Monday.
Rooney savoring England comeback
Former England captain Wayne Rooney hopes the country will embrace a culture of honoring its players in the near-future as he shrugged off criticism Tuesday of his...
Real reward Solari with permanent contract
Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he...
Ahed reclaim top league spot
Ahed will head into the international break on top of the Lebanese Premier League after a late goal handed the two-time defending champions a 2-1 win over Akhaa Ahli...
Siniakova leads Czechs to sixth Fed Cup title
Katerina Siniakova beat Sofia Kenin in a marathon three-set battle Sunday to lead the Czech Republic to a sixth Fed Cup title in eight years after defeating the United...
Anderson off to flying start at ATP Finals
Kevin Anderson made a winning debut at the ATP Finals with a 6-3, 7-6 (10) victory over Austrian Dominic Thiem in the opening singles match at the O2 Arena Sunday.
Nadal out of finals, Djokovic to finish No. 1
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Finals in London due to injury, so Novak Djokovic will end the year as world No. 1 having returned to the top of the...
James' dunk lifts Lakers to 107-106 win over Hawks
Tyson Chandler had quite a week with the Lakers.
Homenetmen make hard work of Hoops, stay unbeaten
Homenetmen overcame a sloppy performance to labor past Hoops 94-82 Sunday and remain unbeaten in their title defense of the Lebanese Basketball League.
James scores 25 as Lakers use defense to top Kings 101-86
Smoke from the raging Northern California wildfires seeped into the Golden 1 Center, giving LeBron James a headache and leading Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton to...
Khatib stars as Champville destroy Byblos 122-57
Champville responded to last week’s demoralizing 72-69 loss to Riyadi with a staggeringly lopsided victory over Byblos in the Lebanese Basketball League in Dik al-Mehdi...
It looked like easy money, and there’s no one more qualified to judge that than the founder and titular head of The Money Team. But sometimes chasing a pile of cash is more difficult than it seems.
Mayweather takes his money team to Japan fight
Floyd Mayweather’s overstated arrival to his unveiling as the new figurehead for a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion proved that no matter what the event or the...
Rose defends Turkish title to reclaim No. 1 spot
England’s Justin Rose regained the world No. 1 spot after successfully defending his Turkish Airlines Open title, overcoming China’s Li Haotong in a playoff Sunday....
Cormier chokes out Lewis, defends second title
The “DC” initials that flashed on the Madison Square Garden marquee have a deeper meaning for Daniel Cormier. Dual Champ. Cormier draped himself in two title belts,...
Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa in December
Floyd Mayweather is planning on fighting Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec.
Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes Formula One teammates they are all “legends” after completing a fifth successive constructor and driver title double in Brazil Sunday and pledged to help make them the sport’s most successful team ever.
Schumacher still the G.O.A.T.: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Monday deflected all suggestions that he might be the greatest Formula One driver of all time, saying that seven-time champion Michael Schumacher remains...
Hamilton wins fifth F1 title
Lewis Hamilton won his fifth career Formula One championship with a fourth-place finish Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix, a race dominated by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Vinales wins Aussie race as Marquez jinx strikes
Maverick Vinales powered to a dominant victory at the Australian MotoGP Sunday as newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez was dramatically forced out after a...
Mercedes will have earned F1 title: Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that another Formula One championship would be one earned by him and Mercedes – not one thrown away by Ferrari.
If you want to know any group with a long history and strong sense of self, you could do worse than to immerse yourself in its culture.
Salon du Livre comes to a close
The 25th annual Salon du Livre wrapped up Saturday, overcoming a few stumbling blocks but ultimately declaring a success.
Spice Girls add new tour dates as fans snap up tickets
Best-selling 90s girl band the Spice Girls added extra dates to their U.K. tour Saturday after fans from around the world raced to buy tickets when they went on sale.
British pop band Spice Girls reunites for UK tour
British pop band the Spice Girls said Monday they would reunite for a British tour next June although there was no mention of whether Victoria Beckham would take part.
Marvel’s Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, dies
Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man,...
Arts institutions seek self-sustainability
If there’s one thing most cultural institutions in the MENA region agree on, it’s that there’s never enough money.
Truth, lies and ethics of a confession
Abdullah Alkafri’s new play “The Confession” follows a day in the life of the protagonist, Jalal (Jamal Saloum), an ex-army officer who has been asked to return to the...
Hockney, Hopper chase headlines in New York
A year after the art market was changed forever by the eye-watering $450.3 million sale of a Leonardo da Vinci, fall auction season is back, looking to crack new...
Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday.
Stan Lee, the man who co-created Marvel Comics, has died, his daughter tells TMZ
Stan Lee, the man who co-created Marvel Comics, has died, his daughter tells TMZ
Tunisia sees post-revolution cinema revival
Tunisian filmmakers are making the most of newfound freedoms to tackle issues banished for decades from the silver screen, prompting a post-revolution cinema revival.
Perry, Haddish somber at ‘Nobody’s Fool’ premiere
At the world premiere of his new film “Nobody’s Fool,” Tyler Perry expressed hope that “good people” from all backgrounds will “step up and do the right thing” to end...
Leigh eyes present day with historical drama
British director Mike Leigh first turned his hand to historical drama with “Mr. Turner” in 2014.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific.
Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90
Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died.
Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took separate boats Monday to Queensland's Fraser Island as their tour of Australia and the South Pacific continued with a reduced...
Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring
The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney for 16-day tour
A beaming Meghan Markle looked remarkably unfatigued by a 22-hour flight as she walked out of Sydney's airport with Prince Harry Monday for a rest day before they...
San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge sees smartphones and social media as raising an unhappy “iGen.”
Quantum leap for mass as science redefines a kilo
Sealed in a vault beneath a duke’s former pleasure palace among the sycamore-streaked forests west of Paris sits an object the size of an apple that determines the...
New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less
Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health.
Pressure on girls for perfect body ‘worse than ever’: Orbach
Girls and young women are under more pressure than ever to achieve the perfect body in an oppressive social media-driven world that could never have been imagined by...
Need to chill out? Dbayeh ice bar goes subzero
For those looking for a touch of cold as Lebanon’s warm weather extends into autumn, a new bar in town might do the trick.
Kurdish girls in front as Iraq’s top athletes
When Iraq’s female cycling team snatched bronze and silver medals at a landmark pan-Arab race, it was thanks to athletes from the autonomous Kurdish region.
In China, a local wine ‘flying above the clouds’
A $300 bottle of wine sold in the United States and Europe is made in the unlikeliest of places: at the foot of the Himalayas in China, where farmers sing traditional...
From karaoke to cinemas: ‘Ohitorisama,’ or the Japanese art of doing it alone
Every so often, 33-year-old Masaki Kitakoga slips into a tiny booth with a desk and a chair and belts out karaoke tunes for 90 minutes completely on his own.
Cuban, US team up to fight cancer
Diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States may be strained but the two countries are standing shoulder to shoulder to fight a common enemy: cancer. The first...
Psychedelic advocate nears goal of legal ecstasy
Growing up amid the tumult of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, Rick Doblin says he became convinced that humanity was “crazy” and “inherently destructive.”
Appendix removal tied to lower Parkinson’s risk
Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in fact in the gut perhaps in the appendix.
HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro demonstrates huge improvements in terms of performance, security measures and battery life.
Pocket money apps aim to help cashless kids
For kids growing up in today’s cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual.
Dating apps use AI to help search for love
Forget swiping though endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a...
Smartphone-makers bet on foldable screens
For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump.
Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests
Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads.
Adventurer Ross Edgley became the first man to swim around the coast of mainland Britain as he completed a 2,865 kilometer-trip to make a triumphant return to dry land in Margate Sunday. The 33-year-old, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, had left the Kent town on June 1, swimming in a clockwise direction. He had not set foot on land once and slept in a support boat.
Tourist spots in danger for being too loved
The Philippines’ most famous resort island, Boracay, will reopen Friday after a six-month cleanup intended to fix the damage done by unrestrained mass tourism.
South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product.
Harry highlights climate change in Fiji
On a royal tour to Fiji this week, Britain’s Prince Harry drew attention to the climate change threat facing the island country’s people on a daily basis.
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The loud crack rang out from the fog above the Baishui No. 1 Glacier as a stone shard careened down the ice, flying past Chen Yanjun as he operated a GPS device.
Climate change 'at point of no return': Ban
Former United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon warned Tuesday that the world is at the "point of no return" on climate change as he launched an international commission on...