An airstrike by an Arab-led coalition struck a hotel near Yemen’s capital Wednesday, killing at least 41 people as the alliance stepped up airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and their allies in and around Sanaa.
Afghanistan may offer ‘Trump doctrine’ clues
Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes.
Stranded migrants struggle in hostile Bulgaria
Syrian refugee Fahim Jaber hoped for a better life in Europe. But like hundreds of others, he is stuck in Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest country – safe, but unwelcome and...
Merkel assumes leadership in world of erratic men
Alarmed by the rise of unpredictable strongmen around the world, Angela Merkel feels she must do more to defend the Western order on which Germany depends.
Jumblatt to adjust tweets after Hariri meet
In the prelude to what is expected to be a heated Cabinet session Thursday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt appeared...
Sisi meets Kushner after U.S. cuts, delays aid
Egypt’s president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of...
Eleven beheaded in attack on Libya checkpoint
At least 11 people were beheaded Wednesday after an attack on a checkpoint controlled by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar south of Tripoli, a spokesman for his...
Iraqi forces advance toward center of Tal Afar
Iraqi forces Wednesday recaptured several districts and advanced toward the center of Tal Afar, one of Daesh’s (ISIS) last strongholds in the country, as aid workers...
Syrian refugee Fahim Jaber hoped for a better life in Europe. But like hundreds of others, he is stuck in Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest country – safe, but unwelcome and with few prospects.
Fleeing Maduro critic says life in danger
Venezuela’s fugitive former top prosecutor resurfaced in Brazil Wednesday, claiming to possess “a lot” of proof of President Nicolas Maduro’s corruption and to warn...
Cuba ‘incidents’ caused brain injury to diplomats
A doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Cuba diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and damage to the...
Barcelona suspects were in France before attacks
Some of the Spain terror suspects spent a night in France a week before the fatal attacks in and near Barcelona, French authorities said Wednesday as police in Spain...
In the prelude to what is expected to be a heated Cabinet session Thursday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblatt appeared to smooth things over in a meeting.
Dating apps target religious, traditional markets
Navigating the world of dating apps is as complex as society itself. The Lebanese are using a diverse range of new and established apps, with some balancing new...
Retirees to enjoy NSSF health coverage
Lebanon’s National Social Security Fund’s health coverage will be extended from October 2017 to include retired employees who had made regular payments during their...
Bassil discusses bilateral relations with Kuwaiti ambassador
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil discussed ways in which to improve bilateral relations with Kuwait on Wednesday, when he met with the Gulf state's ambassador
Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in western Qalamoun
The Syrian army and Hezbollah Wednesday seized several locations in Syria’s western Qalamoun, as they continued their combined offensive against Daesh (ISIS),...
Lebanon’s rainfall is of a dynamic nature. Nuancing on the level of rainfall in Lebanon is Dr. Tarek Salhab, head of the Geography Department at the Lebanese University, and head of the Climate Department at Rafik Hariri International Airport:
Lebanon achieves positive FDI growth
Head of IDAL Nabil Itani said Tuesday that Lebanon was the only country in the region which recorded a positive growth in foreign direct investments in 2016 despite the...
Qatar bankers ask who their friends are
It’s good to know who your friends are when times are tough.
Qatar limits hours, ensures pay for workers
Qatar has approved a law limiting domestic staff to a maximum of 10 hours’ work a day, the first such protection for thousands of household maids, nannies and cooks in...
Wall Street banks warn downturn coming
HSBC Holdings PLC, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage of their rallies before a downturn in the business...
Lebanon’s largest banks growing slowly: report
Cairo-based investment bank EFG Hermes expects Lebanon’s three largest banks to record a slight increase in customer deposits at the end of 2017 despite the challenges...
Lebanon's BDL denies alleged bank grant
Lebanon’s Central Bank Saturday categorically denied alleged Financial Engineering plan for local bank, a statement from Banque Du Liban said
Salameh repeats BDL commitment to monetary policy
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh seized the opportunity of the book launch of “Payment Systems in Lebanon” Friday to reiterate that Banque du Liban was fully committed to...
Billions pledged can hep Iran counter US assault
It hasn’t been the investment bonanza Iran hoped for, but the billions of dollars unlocked by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers might help cushion the impact of...
Key Libya oil field shuts again after restart
Libya’s biggest oil field, where production has been disrupted for the past three days, shut again after briefly reopening Tuesday.
Europeans refuse to let terror spoil vacations
Europeans will carry on traveling largely as normal following this week’s terrorist attacks in and around Barcelona, according to TUI AG, the region’s biggest holiday...
HSBC Holdings PLC, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage of their rallies before a downturn in the business cycle.
Fiat mulls Maserati, parts spinoffs
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options including a plan to spin off the upscale Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands as well as its components operations,...
Wall St drops on Trump's threats of govt shutdown
U.S. stocks opened sharply lower on Wednesday, giving back some gains from a day earlier, after President Donald Trump warned of a government shutdown to build the...
Google and Walmart unveil e-commerce partnership
Google and Walmart on Tuesday announced a partnership that will make the retailer's products available on the internet giant's online shopping mall
EU opens probe into Bayer takeover of Monsanto
The European Commission said Tuesday that it was opening an in-depth investigation into the proposed 56 billion euro ($66 billion) takeover of U.S. seed and pesticide...
Over the past six and a half years the people of Syria have been plagued by the United States, Russia and the United Nations – a criminal triumvirate that has let a country die.
Enough is enough
It is a matter of fact that clashes, killings and shootings in Sidon’s Ain al-Hilweh have reached a crescendo – both for the Palestinians inside the camp and the...
Measuring the internet for freedom
Last year, during a wave of deadly political protests in Ethiopia, the government blocked more than 15 media websites and the smartphone chat application WhatsApp.
Why Bannon had to go
In many, if not most, U.S. administrations, some figure emerges who convinces the press that the president couldn’t function without him (it’s yet to be a her).
Russia reaps blowback from covert campaign
Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them.
The power of unity
In times of crisis societies shed all petty squabbles, politics and recrimination and close ranks, and Lebanon is no exception.
Give terror no quarter
Spain’s maritime rescue services saved over 600 migrants Thursday who were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Morocco.
A graceful gesture
Saudi Arabia, in its tradition of magnanimity, has refuted all the venom that has been aimed at its policies, traditions and values.
Decolonizing Western Sahara
When Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco in 1975, it had been under Spanish control for nearly a century.
Can we reach democracy someday?
Democracy is not what we are witnessing today.
What Donald Trump can learn from ants
If there was any doubt that President Donald Trump’s words and actions foster division and violence in the country, the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, should put...
U.S. wonders if treaty with NKorea makes sense
After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday.
The art of the bluff, not the art of the deal
How did we get here?
North Korea, on the brink of Trump’s sanity
The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for the U.S. and China, and for the new international order both nations say they want.
For once, on Russia, Trump may be actually right
When all right-thinking people in the nation’s capital seem to agree on something – as has been the case recently with legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia –...
Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from the England national team Wednesday, ending a 14-year stint in which he became the country’s top goalscorer with 53 goals.
England’s Rooney who fell short at tournaments
Wayne Rooney made the announcement of his retirement from the national team within hours of another England great Gary Lineker saying that he felt the country’s leading...
Becker to lead German men’s tennis back to glory
Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was appointed Wednesday as head of men’s tennis in his home country as the German federation (DTB) looks to revive the once...
Dimitrov downs Kyrgios to win Cincinnati Open
Grigor Dimitrov clinched the biggest title of his career and enjoyed a huge confidence boost ahead of the U.S. Open by beating Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-5 to win the...
Kyrie gets a new address but Cavs win trade
It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.
Reaction to Rooney’s international retirement
England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football Wednesday.
Rooney’s England career in numbers
England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international duty Wednesday to focus on his club career at Everton.
‘Blue Roon’ – Rooney’s has media purring
Wayne Rooney labeled his 200th Premier League goal in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City a “sweet moment” and had the British media purring and suggesting Tuesday...
Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was appointed Wednesday as head of men’s tennis in his home country as the German federation (DTB) looks to revive the once hugely popular sport.
Nadal hails ‘unbelievable’ climb back to No.1
Rafael Nadal described as “unbelievable” his climb back to the world No. 1 spot for the first time in three years and confirmed in the latest ATP rankings that were...
Muguruza takes WTA Cincinnati title
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza humbled second-ranked Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s final of the WTA Cincinnati Open, denying the Romanian the world No. 1 spot...
Injuries, upsets for men in Cincinnati
Injuries and upsets are wrecking the men’s side of the Western & Southern Open.
Iran dash Lebanon’s Asia Cup dreams
Iran bated the hosts, they dared them to commit from deep.
Khatib leads Lebanon to win over Chinese Taipei
Fadi el-Khatib scored at will and Amir Saoud played a starring role off the bench as Lebanon strolled to a 90-77 win over minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second...
Lebanon leap into second round at Asia Cup
Lebanon will aim to make quick work of minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second round Monday, as a daunting task against the mighty Iran team awaits the hosts in...
Lukaku makes dream debut
Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian’s brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal was the...
Chris Froome increased his lead in the Spanish Vuelta during a fifth stage won by Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan Wednesday.
Carnival in town, Mayweather and McGregor ready
The carnival finally hit town Tuesday, with Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. putting on a bit of a fashion show before promising to knock each other out in their...
Jones flagged for another failed doping test
Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second violation of the...
Ski star Johaug banned from Olympics for doping
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be without a potential star whose ban has been extended in a doping case involving a steroid in lip balm.
Purists might be saving pennies for next fight
Look at any boxing website and the comments will largely all be the same.
Kimi Raikkonen will be racing for Ferrari again next season after the Italian Formula One team announced Tuesday a contract extension with the Finn for 2018.
Oh Mo! Farah gets golden send-off from media
British athletics legend Mo Farah was hailed by the British media Sunday despite his glorious track career ending with defeat in the 5,000-meter world championships...
Cool-headed Marquez at the double at Czech GP
Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win Sunday.
Vettel in fine fettle for F1’s August break
Sebastian Vettel will enjoy Formula One’s August break as championship leader but the Ferrari driver knows the job is only half done and it will not get any easier in...
Vettel wins while Hamilton keeps his word
Sebastian Vettel won a tense Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton...
Lebanese-Swedish artist Sara Badr Schmidt’s new show addresses serious contemporary issues from a simple, childlike perspective.
Forbidden Soviet-era music on X-ray snapshots
An exhibition describing a unique chapter in the history of Soviet culture – bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film – has opened in Moscow.
Taylor Swift left 'a blank space, baby' on social media
Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday - and Swifties went wild.
How does Luis Fonsi savor his 'Despacito' success? Slowly
The global phenomenon "Despacito" may be overwhelming to many, but not to Luis Fonsi - even when it has transformed him into a 24/7 globe-trotter. The Puerto Rican...
Hollywood celebrates Stan Lee’s creativity
Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of...
Coppola’s The Beguiled disturbing, beautiful
“The Beguiled” is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola’s take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the...
Sharing the stories behind the photos
In his entertaining artist talk “A Creatively Blunt Talk about Life, Photography and my Mother,” Vladimir Antaki touched on several topics – family issues, artistic...
Albert Hall’s cheap seats, haven for music lovers
It’s a world apart from the polished atmosphere of conventional classical music concerts.
Taylor Swift testifies at groping trial
Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language...
Jury arrives for Taylor Swift groping case
A jury is expected to be seated soon in Taylor Swift's civil trial involving a groping allegation against a former DJ.
Stones planning new album: Richards
Keith Richards has disclosed that The Rolling Stones are working on a new album after a picture showed leading British rapper Skepta in the studio with the rock legends.
Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of fantastic, flawed, righteous and relatable superheroes.
Logan Lucky writer mystery: Is she real?
The mystery over the identity of the screenwriter of “Logan Lucky” deepened Monday when actor and co-star Adam Driver disclosed that the woman had been on the set of...
Trump to skip Kennedy Center awards
Acknowledging that he has become a “political distraction,” President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts...
Charlie Cox, Finn Jones on two Marvel-ous roles
Maybe you know them as Iron Fist and Daredevil. But now Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, who star as these Marvel superheroes on the Netflix series “Iron Fist” and...
Star Wars Obi Wan spinoff in the works
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a “Star Wars” spinoff about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, U.S. media reported Thursday.
The onetime attorney of late pop icon Michael Jackson will now defend disgraced television icon Bill Cosby in his upcoming re-trial for sexual assault, the actor's spokesman said Monday.
Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died.
Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies
Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has...
British actor John Cleese receives career award at Sarajevo Film Festival
British actor and comedian John Cleese received the honorary lifetime achievement award at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday in the capital of Bosnia and...
Elvis fans upset over $28.75 charge
Time was when fans of the late Elvis Presley, aka the king of rock’n’roll, made their solemn procession past his Graceland mansion grave during the annual candlelight...
Princes William and Harry have spoken candidly about the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in an interview marking 20 years since she was killed in a car crash in Paris, paying tribute to the actions of their father in breaking the tragic news.
Clinton: Trump made my ‘skin crawl’
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign...
U.S. study revives argument over mammogram screening
Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative...
Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough
Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope...
Dogs find a safe haven with benevolent volunteer
Over 100 dogs have found a safe haven under the Zahrani Bridge in south Lebanon.
Dogs get the blues after India chemical exposure
A factory accused of dumping dye into an Indian river where several dogs turned blue has been shut down, an official said Tuesday, after alarming pictures emerged of...
Acupuncture for cats and dogs in China
Pet owners in China are turning to acupuncture to help soothe the aches and pains of their beloved cats and dogs.
Rare white-coated koala born at Australian zoo
A koala at an Australian zoo has given birth to a rare white joey, staff said Tuesday.
Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening
Spas emphasize wellness over beauty
Unplug. Breathe. Relax. Wellness rather than beauty was the message this week at the annual International Spa Association event in New York.
Australian teen's feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures
A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.
Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study
Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at...
Tourism rebounds for the summer
A recent uptick in visitor numbers to Lebanon has left officials and business executives in the tourism sector feeling buoyed.
Art therapy rising, practitioners need regulation
An increasing number of Lebanese are interested in art therapy, practitioners say, which has raised some concerns that without proper training and regulation of...
Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone.
Automated safety systems are preventing crashes
Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to...
Germany draws up rules of the road for driverless cars
Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport...
Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils successor to Note 7 phone
Samsung is trying to move past last year's disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch with a successor sporting a dual-lens camera, animated messages, expanded note-taking - and...
Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes
Chronic overcrowding in some of Europe’s beloved tourism hotspots is fueling an angry backlash, from polite protest to “Go Home” graffiti and even physical intimidation.
Wrecks, treasures under Albania’s coastal waters
Descending beneath the waves, the cloudy first few meters quickly give way to clear waters and an astonishing sight – dozens, perhaps hundreds, of tightly packed...
Spain hosts annual exodus to North Africa
It’s the largest annual human migration in Europe: Millions of people from France, Belgium and Italy cross Spain every summer to spend their holidays with family in...
Tourists seeking ‘Despacito’ find La Perla
Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit “Despacito” was...
I had a business meeting a few days ago, and at it didn’t go well.
Top eight loveliest cars for $60,000 or les
The MX-5 is undeniably one of the prettiest cars on the road today. Its contemporary yet fluid lines are a delight to look at and the sensation of connection you feel...
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder: Alternative to sex
If you were stuck in horrible traffic Monday morning heading from Beirut toward Jounieh, I must confess you have me to blame.
The truth behind electric cars’ ‘green’ fiction
A couple of weeks ago The Daily Star ran an article lamenting the fact that Lebanon is woefully unprepared for the advent of the electric car era.
The Future is Back: Hide your flux capacitors!
With so much going on recently pertaining to the future of the automotive industry, this seemed like an excellent time to talk about the DeLorean DMC-12