Lebanese national detained in Iran Nizar Zakka pleaded for help from the Lebanese government Friday in a phone call with The Daily Star.
Seized ‘Dali’ just a poor imitation, expert says
A painting thought to be by Salvador Dali recovered by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces in October is “not a very good copy,” a leading expert of the Spanish...
Nuclear strategists call for scrapping ICBMs
Imagine it is 3 a.m., and the president of the United States is asleep in the White House master bedroom.
Pope heads into Rohingya diplomatic minefield
Pope Francis plunges into a diplomatic minefield next week with visits to under-fire Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh amid mounting outrage over the plight of...
Oman enforces tolerance, wards off sectarian rift
On a November evening at Sayyida Mazoon mosque in Muscat, worshippers from different Muslim sects ascended the polished marble steps to pray together at sunset.
The multiplayer impact of arts and cinema
Two days ago, I entered the cinema with a friend to watch “Wonder,” a movie based on The New York Times best-seller novel by R.J. Palacio.
Syrian refugees leave Lebanon to be resettled in France
French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher Thursday met 22 Syrian refugees at Beirut International Airport before they left Lebanon to be resettled in France.
Lebanon questions actor over alleged Israeli contact
Lebanese authorities are interrogating writer and actor Ziad Itani on suspicions that he broke the law by "communicating" with Israelis, a judicial source told AFP on...
China’s global footprint grows
China has traditionally rejected U.S.-style interventionism, but its deepening economic involvement in volatile countries is thrusting Beijing toward a more assertive...
London Oxford Street panic after shooting reports
Panic erupted among Christmas shopping crowds on London’s Oxford Street Friday evening as armed officers raced to respond to reports of shots being fired in the area...
Russia decries Japan-U.S. defense alliance
Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military buildup in north Asia under the pretext of countering North...
‘Wiping out’ extreme ideology is my mission: Issa
The head of a Saudi-based organization that for decades was charged with spreading the Wahhabi school of Islam around the world has said those times were over and his...
Moroccans pray for rain as ‘mercy from God’
“We beg for God’s mercy,” said 10-year-old Hasan, wearing a long white tunic, as Moroccans across the parched country Friday held prayers for rain under a royal decree.
FLN, RND keep majority in Algeria local elections
Algeria’s ruling parties retained their majority in local elections, taking more than 50 percent of the vote, Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui said Friday.
Syria war has killed more than 340,000: new toll
Syria’s grinding war has killed over 340,000 people since it broke out in 2011, including more than 100,000 civilians, an activist group said Friday.
The market sighed with relief after Prime Minister Saad Hariri suspended his resignation.
Durable Lebanese banks have earned trust
The resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri demonstrates the unpredictable nature of Lebanese politics.
Tunisia to lift bread prices in first since 2011
Tunisia plans to slightly increase bread prices for the first time since its 2011 revolution and sell Eurobonds worth 500 million euros ($593.20 million) as it seeks to...
Gulf airlines targeted for U.S. tax hit
A spat between U.S. airlines and politicians and leading Gulf carriers Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways PJSC may be about to heat up again.
In US, real Black Friday frenzy online
Turnout at U.S. retailers was relatively subdued on Black Friday, with many shoppers flocking to stores to eye items in person and enjoy the festive atmosphere while...
Lebanon’s property investors hold their nerve
Nobody can say Lebanon’s real estate sector is short of optimists.
Lebanon’s lenders serve public, private masters
Before this month’s shock resignation of their prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, many Lebanese had hoped their country was on a course to normality.
Hariri tells bankers main concern is ‘stability’
Prime Minister Saad Hariri reassured Arab bankers and investors meeting in Beirut that the stability of the country will remain one of his top priorities as Central...
Tunisia plans to slightly increase bread prices for the first time since its 2011 revolution and sell Eurobonds worth 500 million euros ($593.20 million) as it seeks to slash a budget deficit, an economic adviser told Reuters.
Qatar says committed to official FX rate
Qatar’s central bank said it would honor commitments to provide dollars to local and foreign investors at the official exchange rate, describing a proposal by index...
EU mulls including Turkey on tax haven blacklist
The European Union may include Turkey on a blacklist of tax havens as soon as next month, in a move that could further strain ties between Ankara and the world’s...
Saudi aims to issue tourist visas next year, official says
Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year, a senior Saudi official told CNN, as the government seeks to open up the conservative kingdom...
Turnout at U.S. retailers was relatively subdued on Black Friday, with many shoppers flocking to stores to eye items in person and enjoy the festive atmosphere while waiting to do their actual bargain hunting online.
Russia-OPEC to agree framework to extend oil cuts
OPEC and Russia have crafted the outline of a deal to extend their oil production cuts to the end of next year, although both sides are still hammering out crucial...
Now isn’t time to cut real estate: Investor
There may be worrying developments in some property markets, but the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund says it has no intention of pulling back from real estate.
U.K. Labour in talks with $57B hedge fund
The U.K. Labour Party is consulting a hedge fund that is betting against Britain’s currency and says the economy may need an International Monetary Fund bailout.
Businesses look bullish about the road ahead
Businesses are heading into the new year in a pretty optimistic mood, surveys will more than likely show in the coming week – pointing to a potential boost for already...
During the three weeks following Saad Hariri’s announcement that he had resigned as Prime Minister, Lebanon fell into a state of political paralysis, albeit in a subdued manner, which was reflected on the ground by popular apprehension and official anxiety.
Optimism in the air
There is optimism in the air on many levels.
Squaring the circle in eastern Syria
Readers of SyriaSource are all too familiar with an argument advanced in these pages for well-over two years.
Reforming Jordan’s labor market
Jordan’s government, headed by Prime Minister Hani al-Mulqi, is taking on labor market reform.
A beleaguered Tillerson is still at the table
A funny thing happened to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the way to the exit door: He didn’t leave.
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As Lebanon marks Independence Day, it’s worth remembering that over the centuries this tiny sliver of land has endured and later shed the shackles of many invasions and...
A mantra for health
After stormy weeks of anxiety, apprehension and vagueness that shook the foundations of governance in Lebanon, this week promises some good tidings, and hopefully a...
It takes two to tango
This week Lebanon is set to address some very sensitive challenges as the saga of Prime Minister Saad Hariri comes to the final stretch with the country completely...
The danger of a post-German Europe
Over the last two centuries, the “German question” – how to contain a Germany whose dominance was buttressed by its commanding size, high productive capacity and...
A silver lining for a hard Brexit
It is easy to forget that defense and security are not the same thing.
How women in politics shape coups
Last week, Zimbabwe’s generals took President Robert Mugabe into custody in an effective coup (though they insist on not calling it that).
Saudi political explosions risk collateral damage
Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help...
Could the crown prince unleash a storm?
Saudi Arabia risks committing the original sin of modern Middle East politics – fighting its regional wars in Lebanon and driving that fragile country once again toward...
China sees opportunity in U.S. decline
While news and analysis in America continue to be obsessed with Donald Trump’s daily antics and insults, halfway around the world, something truly historic just happened.
Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz arrived in Germany at the start of the season pledging attractive, attacking football but his time could run out as soon as Saturday if his side fail to beat bitter rivals Schalke 04 in the Ruhr valley derby.
Reborn Valencia face Barca in Liga title showdown
Valencia have gone from being the laughing stock of La Liga a year ago to becoming the main challengers to Barcelona in the title race and face the biggest test of...
Tsonga levels for France in Davis Cup final
David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are each on top of their games. Both were up to the task in Friday’s opening singles matches of the Davis Cup final, delivering...
British chiefs launch inquiry after child sex abuse case
British tennis chiefs have issued an apology and will instigate an independent inquiry after a coach in Wales was jailed earlier this year for sexually abusing an...
Boston streak ends, Thunder rolls in win
The Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak came to an end with an upset defeat against the Miami Heat Wednesday as Russell Westbrook won his duel with Kevin Durant in...
PSG set for crunch Monaco showdown
Paris Saint-Germain will bid to open up a nine-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 when they face reigning French champions Monaco Sunday, brimming with confidence after...
Liverpool face Chelsea crunch
Georginio Wijnaldum has challenged Liverpool to take out their European frustrations on Chelsea in Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash, while Yaya Toure vows...
Zenit faces racism charge after banner honors war criminal
Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg is facing a UEFA racism charge after its fans displayed a large banner honoring convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic
David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are each on top of their games. Both were up to the task in Friday’s opening singles matches of the Davis Cup final, delivering lopsided wins to leave France and Belgium tied at 1-1.
Australian Open to feature 25-second shot clocks
Players will have an additional five seconds between points at next year’s Australian Open but time wasters will have nowhere to hide thanks to the introduction of shot...
Indian police probe Maria Sharapova housing fraud case
Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company who used the tennis star to endorse...
Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that...
The Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak came to an end with an upset defeat against the Miami Heat Wednesday as Russell Westbrook won his duel with Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City’s rout of Golden State.
Irving seals sweet 16 for Celtics
Kyrie Irving laid on a 47-point masterclass to give the Boston Celtics a 16th straight victory Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Detroit Pistons to...
Knicks hand Clippers 9th straight loss, win 107-85
Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can't even beat the Knicks anymore.
Curry scores 39 in Warriors’ win over Nets
Stephen Curry scored a season-high 39 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out seven assists before fouling out Sunday as NBA champions the Golden State Warriors won...
Stephen Curry has 39 points, 11 rebounds; Warriors beat Nets
Stephen Curry had season highs with 39 points and 11 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors held on after he fouled out to beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-111 on Sunday...
Manny Pacquiao threw down the gauntlet to Conor McGregor – and took a dig at Floyd Mayweather – as he promised to give the mixed martial arts star a “real boxing match.”
UFC targets Asia with Shanghai fight card
Fighters and fans in Asia are relishing the prospect of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first visit to mainland China, with a 12-fight card showcasing a lot of...
Stonewall Smith drags Australia back from brink
Captain Steve Smith frustrated England with a fighting half-century and pushed Australia to 165 for four at the close of a seesawing day two, rescuing the hosts after a...
Olympics-IOC bans Russian bobsledders, speed skaters for Sochi doping
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday it had banned two Russian bobsledders, including double-gold-winning Alexander Zubkov, and two speed skaters...
Tiger looking fit, healthy for comeback, Rose says
Justin Rose said Tiger Woods is looking fit, healthy and motivated ahead of his highly anticipated comeback at an exclusive charity tournament next week.
Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton kept Mercedes on top in the last Friday practice of the Formula One season with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel close behind.
Hamilton, Vettel already fixated on fifth title
Formula One’s four-time world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel engaged in some light-hearted end-of-season banter Thursday, already looking beyond the...
Hamilton and Vettel already focused on 2018 F1 title battle
Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are already looking forward to fighting each other for a fifth Formula One title next year.
Alonso turns rookie for endurance test
Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso turned rookie for a day Sunday when he tried out Toyota’s world endurance championship car in a test that could lead...
Neuville wins Rally Australia, secures world championship second
Belgium's Thierry Neuville won the season-ending Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour Sunday to clinch second place in the World Rally Championship.
“Doubts and Loves,” the latest exhibition at Galerie Tanit, presents a series of drawings and 3-D installations by Cuban artist Ricardo Brey.
Moving and colorful, Coco is a joy for all
At first glance, Disney-Pixar’s latest, “Coco,” seems a lot like the 2014 Fox film “The Book of Life.”
Nick Cave plays Israel to 'take stand' against boycotters
Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a "principled stand" by...
'Despacito' sweeps Latin Grammys -- and heads to Asia
'Despacito," the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song -- the...
Barbra Streisand concert film a lump of blah
The point of paying for a baby sitter, fighting traffic and paying huge ticket prices to go see your favorite act in concert is to see them sweat.
‘Hostiles’ attempts the progressive Western
Before superhero movies, filmmakers who wanted to employ action-hero tropes in the service of “noble” messages turned to the Western.
‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ like a stale chestnut
In that old Christmas stalwart “Love Actually,” Bill Nighy plays an aging rock star angling for an easy payday by cynically subbing the word “Christmas” into one of his...
Oldman slays dragons to play Churchill
In his 35-year acting career Gary Oldman has played Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sid Vicious, Pontius Pilate and Rosenkrantz.
Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a "principled stand" by performing in the country.
Green Day releases greatest hits album spanning 30 years
Green Day released a massive greatest hits album on Friday, but the trio isn't saying "Good Riddance" anytime soon
Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever
Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers' just completed global tour, the band's promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history
CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments
The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a...
US charges Iranian over 'Game of Thrones' HBO hack
The United States Tuesday charged an Iranian computer whiz with hacking into HBO, stealing scripts and plot summaries for "Games of Thrones," and trying to extort $6...
Netflix’s releases new Marvel series
Frank Castle, the vigilante sniper assassin at the center of Netflix Inc.’s new Marvel series “The Punisher,” is neither a hero nor a villain.
‘Get Out’ is unique Oscar contender
The movie year seems destined to conclude the way it essentially began: With everybody talking about “Get Out.”
'Justice League' takes top spot, but still falls short at box office
It might have scored top of the box office, but "Justice League" didn't have the super opening weekend predicted, falling short of expectations with takings of $96...
World-famous Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died on Wednesday in London following a long illness, according to announcements on his Facebook page and by the Vienna State Opera. He was 55.
New allegations against Rose emerge from women at CBS News
The morning show where Charlie Rose worked until being fired Tuesday is reporting that two women at CBS News claim that Rose grabbed them inappropriately, with one...
CBS co-hosts on Charlie Rose: not the man I know
Charlie Rose's co-hosts on "CBS This Morning" sharply condemned their suspended colleague Tuesday after the airing of sexual misconduct allegations that included...
Model accuses Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old.
Seated at tables with glasses of tea in the heart of Baghdad’s bookshop district, the customers of Shabandar cafe have watched 100 years of Iraq’s tumultuous history pass by.
Dancer challenges Russian ballet tradition
It’s an uphill battle trying to promote contemporary dance in a country that prides itself on keeping its trademark ballets intact for a century
Abusive avatars help schizophrenics fight 'voices': study
"You're rubbish. You're rubbish. You're a waste of space." The computer avatar pulls no punches as it lays into the young woman, a schizophrenia sufferer, facing the...
Three coffees a day linked more to health than harm
People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than...
Social justice, fashion mix in CBS show
Thursday night saw a familiar crowd, dressed in black and oozing cool, gathering in Downtown Beirut for a fashion event – but this show came with a twist.
Learning to ski: When is your child ready?
Ski season is starting.
Gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges
A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday...
Sexual harassment at work: Where do you draw the line?
From joking about a colleague’s sex life to casual butt-pinching, businesses are rife with sexual harassment and pressure to eliminate it is mounting – but which...
"You're rubbish. You're rubbish. You're a waste of space." The computer avatar pulls no punches as it lays into the young woman, a schizophrenia sufferer, facing the screen.
British researchers probe dementia risk of football
British researchers are launching a study to determine whether footballers are at an increased risk of dementia as concerns grow over the potential long-term dangers of...
U.S. scientists try at gene-editing in the body
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease.
Guidelines change high blood pressure thresholds
New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.
Fashion week starts, pencils and mummy stockings
Opulence and cultural syncretism took center stage Wednesday in Beirut Fashion Week’s first show – a collection entitled “Magic Elements” by Lebanese designer Amal...
Make the cut: Women donate hair for cancer patient wigs
Women gathered at Le Spot Mall in Sidon over the weekend to donate their hair to make wigs for cancer patients during an event held for cancer awareness month.
The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules, which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services.
The last straw? Uber loyalists tested by string of scandals
Uber has managed to hold the title of world's largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals.
UK regulator says Uber data breach concealment raises 'huge concerns'
Uber's secret $100,000 pay-off to hackers to cover up a massive breach of customer and driver data at the ride-hailing firm raises "huge concerns" about its data...
Skype joins list of apps on China blacklist
Skype has apparently joined the lengthening list of internet communication tools on China's blacklist, with Apple saying Wednesday it was ordered to clear its download...
Singapore to deploy driverless buses from 2022: minister
Driverless buses will appear on some roads in Singapore from 2022 as part of plans to improve mobility in the land-scarce city-state, its transport minister said...
When was the last time you looked into depreciation before buying a television set or a refrigerator?
UK budget aims for driverless cars by 2021
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on U.K. roads by...
A world without cars? What of the economy?
A few days ago, after arriving late to work because of traffic, which happened to be more congested than the usual ludicrous amount, I had an interesting conversation...
Save your sanity with these urban warriors
I think the first article on this page makes it abundantly clear that I will resist any shift away from driver-operated private cars, especially as I see automobiles as...
Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck.