Saudi king sounds alarm on extremists
Kahwagi: Army key to Lebanons salvation
Obama: New truce with Hamas very hard
Lebanese Army faces serious challenges
Maliki under more pressure to step down
During a lull in bombardment after yet another failed cease-fire, Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, the only Lebanon-affiliated doctor volunteering in Gaza, reflected on the aspects of the crisis that had eluded his medical forethought.
Bassma launches collection drive for Iraqis
A collection drive has been started for Iraqis who have fled to Lebanon to avoid persecution at the hands of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria...
Gaza morgue worker numbed as bodies pile up
The sheer number of bodies he’s had to deal with at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital morgue has numbed Musa Hassan to the anguish.
Latin America comes out in force against Israel
Latin America’s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive – labeling the Jewish state “terrorist,” recalling ambassadors, and offering...
Eight Azeri troops killed in clashes with Armenia
Azerbaijan said Friday it had lost eight soldiers in three days of clashes with arch-foe Armenia near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region in a dramatic spike in...
Rai to carry on with efforts to elect a president
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will continue his campaign urging Parliament to elect a president, holding all Lebanese political parties and parliamentary blocs...
Hariri hails King Abdullah’s speech
Saudi King Abdullah’s speech slamming terrorism in the region and the international silence on Israel’s offensive on Gaza was “historic and very important,” former...
Rocket fire suspect set for release
A suspect detained for allegedly firing rockets from South Lebanon toward Israelis set to be released Friday, a security source told The Daily Star.
Kerry’s short-lived truce
Hours past midnight Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza...
In brief lull, Gaza’s displaced survey damage
Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at what was left of his home.
Hamas military chief Deif defying Israel
Hamas’ top military commander Mohammad Deif, who has survived assassination attempts and defied the Middle East’s most powerful forces, is proving a redoubtable foe for...
Azerbaijan said Friday it had lost eight soldiers in three days of clashes with arch-foe Armenia near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region in a dramatic spike in tensions in the long-simmering conflict.
Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law
Uganda’s constitutional court overturned Friday an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and which drew stern criticism from Western...
Campaign for an independent Scotland stalls
The campaign for Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom has stalled just over a month before Scots decide whether to go it alone in a referendum, an analysis of...
Ebola ‘moving faster than efforts to control it’
The World Health Organization warned West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations Friday that the epidemic was spiraling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing...
Investigators start search at Ukraine crash site
With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17...
The state-owned Public Housing Institute got a badly needed shot in the arm when Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil Thursday released $6.6 million to cover part of its outstanding dues to commercial banks.
Lebanon’s Blom Bank says net profit climbs
Lebanon’s Blom Bank said Wednesday its net profit for the first half of 2014 rose to $179.2 million from $175.6 million in 2013, a 1.9 percent increase.
Why Putin has 2006 flash before his eyes
With the world watching if U.S. and European sanctions over Ukraine usher in a new Cold War, the showdown first risks sparking a return to capital controls in Russia...
Argentina’s debt crisis: Seven possible outcomes
For the second time in 13 years, Argentina is in default on foreign-currency debt.
Banks wary as Dubai World eyes debt revision
Economic recovery in Dubai is pushing both creditors and debtors to weigh new strategies in the $25 billion restructuring of state-owned Dubai World, one of the Middle...
Eid fails to give big boost to businesses
Trade activity has dropped by 20 to 25 percent starting mid-June compared to same period of last year, said Nicolas Chammas, president of Beirut Traders Association.
The Lebanese who are making it big in Brazil
Jamil Fadlallah left Lebanon in 1979 without any money or legal papers, seeking an escape from the Lebanese Civil War, then in its fourth year.
Lebanon’s Bank Audi says H1 profit up to $190M
Lebanese Bank Audi said Sunday its first half net profit of the year was $190 million, slightly up from $188 million in the same period last year.
With the world watching if U.S. and European sanctions over Ukraine usher in a new Cold War, the showdown first risks sparking a return to capital controls in Russia after they were dismantled eight years ago.
Lukoil to earn $2B from Iraq oil field
OAO Lukoil, Russia’s second-largest oil producer, expects to earn at least $2 billion from exporting Iraqi crude in 2014, 17 years after first winning the West Qurna-2...
RBS places NEW restrictions on lending in Russia
Part-nationalized British lender Royal Bank of Scotland said Friday it had placed restrictions on its lending in Russia following developments in Ukraine.
Cyprus: First casino resort license within a year
Cyprus will grant its first license for a casino resort within about a year, the government says, to be built in the south of the island where gambling has been...
Economic recovery in Dubai is pushing both creditors and debtors to weigh new strategies in the $25 billion restructuring of state-owned Dubai World, one of the Middle East’s largest ever debt deals.
Iraq, Libya weigh on Turkish export growth
Turmoil in Turkish trading partners including Iraq, Libya and Ukraine has slowed Turkey’s export growth so far this year, but the impact has been cushioned by a...
Synthetic threat to natural diamond industry
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but only if they are natural.
Asians take 25 pct more Iran oil in first half
Iran’s biggest clients took in a quarter more oil in the first six months of 2014 than in the same period of last year, with China and India holding to the higher...
Mideast bullish on Saudi Arabia, bearish on UAE
Middle East funds are heavily bullish toward Saudi Arabian stocks after news the market will open to direct foreign investment, while they are bearish on the United...
The king of Saudi Arabia issued an impassioned plea Friday to confront all those who are seeking to hijack Islam through extremism, coupling it with a stern warning – those who fail to do so will become the first victim of extremists.
The U.S. is not neutral
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Thursday that he would not pull troops out of Gaza until Hamas’ tunnel network was completely destroyed, despite...
Lament the Gaza cease-fire that wasn’t
The 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire that went into effect in Gaza and Israel Friday morning lasted for half an hour before collapsing into total war.
The limits of Hezbollah’s conciliation
As Iran continues to absorb its recent setbacks in Iraq, one place where both the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia appear to be aiming to contain any Sunni-Shiite...
The Gaza war has put Israel’s soul in the balance
As the bombardment of Gaza continues, and the civilian death toll rises above 1,400 – with children comprising one-quarter of the victims – the world has become...
License to kill in Gaza
The U.S. and the EU have taken firm action against Russia over the Malaysia Airlines tragedy in Ukraine, with sanctions that are designed to inflict pain on Moscow’s...
Cease-fire is not enough
Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip has generated around-the-clock media coverage of the death and destruction being meted out to Palestinians, as well as...
Nothing left to lose
Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip has dominated the headlines for much of the month, focusing attention on the appalling conditions in the densely populated,...
Kerry erred in failing to undermine Hamas’ role
Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he’s pursuing a Gaza cease-fire – and it’s not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and...
Palestinian tunnels show a determination to fight
A press report earlier this week said that an Israeli military task force that had studied the network of tunnels that Hamas has built in recent years to infiltrate...
Kerry makes worthy gains in a chaotic world
The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers – involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran – that avoided...
As the bombardment of Gaza continues, and the civilian death toll rises above 1,400 – with children comprising one-quarter of the victims – the world has become polarized.
Jordan uses jihadism to silence dissent
Two thousand Jordanian citizens are estimated to be fighting alongside radical groups in Syria.
Chinese factories fail to treat workers equitably
Established in 1989, the Shenzhen Baode Toy Factory is a typical export-oriented supplier factory.
Girls’ rights are still not being taken seriously
Demonstrations around the world were held last week to mark the 100th day of captivity for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
Nigeria is becoming a major global economy
Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a...
New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink said he would make no drastic changes to the team after their third-place finish at the World Cup, lauding the work of Louis van Gaal and suggesting he would be no slavish follower of the traditional Dutch style of play.
PSG missing lead names on their way to China
With Paris Saint-Germain at the forefront, French football steps up its attempt to win over the lucrative Asian market as the Ligue 1 titleholders meet Guingamp in the...
Venus beats birthday girl Azarenka
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA...
Pospisil dumps top seed Berdych, Raonic wins
Czech top seed Tomas Berdych was ousted from the ATP and WTA Washington Open Thursday, falling 6-2, 6-4 to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in a third-round match.
Australian Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by...
Pizarro strike lifts Bayern to win over Chivas
Claudio Pizarro scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 Thursday in a friendly match at Red Bull arena to launch the Bundesliga champions’...
Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in NY
For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his...
U.K. FA tightens betting rules for new season
Tough new rules introduced by the Football Association will outlaw all football-related betting for players, club employees and match officials in the top 8 tiers of...
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford.
Serena on song in WTA return at Stanford
Serena Williams put a worrying Wimbledon behind her Wednesday, launching her buildup to the U.S. Open with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Karolina Pliskova at Stanford.
Li Na to sit out U.S. Open with knee injury
World No. 2 Li Na of China announced Thursday that she will miss next month’s U.S. Open as she struggles with a knee injury.
Nadal quits Toronto, Cincinnati with injury
Rafa Nadal will miss two U.S. Open tuneup events due to a wrist injury that has put his status in doubt for a title defense at the year’s final grand slam.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.
Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions
Lewis Hamilton said he was “very, very shocked” to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during...
Australian Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix
Australian Daniel Ricciardo wins the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull.
Perez confident 2015 Mexican GP will happen
Mexico will definitely be ready to host a Formula One grand prix next year after resolving the problems that prevented the country’s return this season, Force India...
Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend, but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s...
Lebanon will finally appear in an official FIBA competition after a yearlong absence due to an international ban, when the under-15 national team participate in the first round of the West Asian qualifier in Tehran between Aug. 1-5.
Federation compiles elite list for coming season
The Lebanese Basketball Federation announced Wednesday the elite list which will join the top local players in the league and allow each team to sign a maximum of five...
In L.A. Clippers case, court does dirty work for NBA
By Eric KelseyLOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) - The National Basketball Association was navigating uncharted and possibly treacherous waters, first when it banned Los...
Akl basking in league glory as she mulls future
The Riyadi Beirut ladies team is loaded with basketball stars, but 21-year-old point guard Rebecca Akl in particular stands out with her incredible abilities and...
‘Linsanity’ not on Lin’s agenda in Lakers life
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate “Linsanity” in his...
Rory McIlroy, fresh off his third major triumph, leads a new generation of multiple major winners trying to separate themselves from the pack going into the 96th PGA Championship.
'B' sample confirms teen weightlifter's doping
A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter faces being stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal after her backup doping sample confirmed a previous finding for banned...
Bolt causes stir at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games
Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt is causing a stir at the Commonwealth Games.
16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test
A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport.
Golovkin crushes Geale to retain WBA title
Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title.
For millions of school children they are the must have fashion accessory of the moment. Footballer David Beckham and Britain’s Prince William have sported them. Even Pope Francis has been photographed wearing a few.
Celebrities, travelers show an inkling for Arabic
Fans and entertainment media spent mid-July ogling at Selena Gomez’s new tattoo, lettering on her right upper back with the platitude to “love yourself first” – written...
Silent retreats: Tradition finds 21st century fans
A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn’t speak to him once.
Quick, short runs pack health benefits: U.S. study
Going out for a quick, daily run may be just as effective as a long-distance jaunt when it comes to prolonging your life, said a study out this week.
Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure
A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials...
Amazon launches 3-D printing store
Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3-D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and...
New and traditional Eid celebrations
Salma Maliki knew by the smell of her mother’s kitchen that Eid al-Fitr was on its way.
Lebanon to launch third water festival
The Tourism Ministry has announced a third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth...
Horseplay is a rich man’s game in China
Gripping his mallet, Peng Zhichun gallops toward goal on a Chinese polo field, one of a growing number of the country’s wealthy elite discovering the joys of the saddle...
McDonald’s Japan unveils ‘Tofu nuggets’
McDonald’s restaurants in Japan are turning to time-honored Asian soul food – Tofu – as the chain scrambles to minimize the damage from an embarrassing tainted meat...
Japanese women world’s longest-lived
Japanese men’s life expectancy rose above 80 for the first time in 2013, but was still several years below that of their female counterparts, whose lifespan was the...
A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said Tuesday.
Lollapalooza to mark decade in Chicago with prime lineup
Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a...
Mobile tech reshaping the health sector
Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it’s also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.
New York Times calls for marijuana legalization
The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana Saturday, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
Couple lock son in car trunk to cure fear of dark
A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their 5-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this...
A faint smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.
Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and...
Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by ‘two moms’
Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors.
Pay what you want, Paris hotel guests told
Five Paris hotels Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to pay what they want, in an experiment that might be extended if it is successful.
Go For the Food: Shawarma in Copenhagen
Don’t tell the folks over at avant-garde eateries Noma and Geranium, but for many visitors to Denmark’s capital, the biggest culinary sensation isn’t Nordic fusion.
A contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn’t beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind and didn’t need to use his imagination.
Startup offers elderly an Internet key to family links
Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a French-Romanian startup to develop an application and service to help the elderly stay in touch with...
Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia
Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching in Zambia.
Airbnb woos business travelers
Airbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.
US plans widespread seismic testing of sea floor
The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to...
Award-winning Turkish-German director Fatih Akin says he dropped plans to make a film about an Armenian journalist murdered in 2007 because no Turkish actor wanted to play the lead.
Sex Tape, an X-rated tale with a PG plot
The high-concept comedies spawned by “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” need to start using birth control.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ new summer blockbuster
In the world of superheroes, the ragtag “Guardians of the Galaxy” are a bit less polished than the A-list “Avengers,” but they are nevertheless set to conquer U.S....
Contract dispute delays Big Bang production
Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.
The “Force” of George Lucas is at Skywalker Ranch
George Lucas, the man behind the mega-successful interplanetary saga “Star Wars,” may well have retired, but his spirit looms large at the famous Skywalker Ranch.
A dystopian Egypt that pits rich against poor
It’s 2023 and Egypt is not what it once was.
Kristen Bell gets back to her 'Hair' roots
Before she was Princess Anna in "Frozen" or even Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell was a musical theater geek.
A Massive Attack on propaganda
Swathed in wreaths of onstage smoke, the silhouetted forms of Massive Attack were dwarfed by the LCD message behind them – “We want Google to be the third half of your...
In the world of superheroes, the ragtag “Guardians of the Galaxy” are a bit less polished than the A-list “Avengers,” but they are nevertheless set to conquer U.S. movie theaters this weekend.
James Brown biopic revels in drama, dance
At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to...
Review: Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown
Brown blows the roof off the place … then he saunters over to the Stones, just four skinny blokes who don't know what hit them. "Welcome to America," he says.
A double-header of biopics for Chadwick Boseman
A year after playing Jackie Robinson in "42," Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training.
Kristen Bell gets back to her ‘Hair’ roots
Before she was Princess Anna in “Frozen” or even Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell was a musical theater geek. Now she’s letting it show.
Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob
Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor...
Google doodle honors Egyptian Farid Shawqi
Google Inc. honors the legendary Egyptian film star Farid Shawqi, whose different roles were incorporated in an artistic design of the company’s logo.
Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop
Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.
Led Zeppelin is to issue an unreleased version of their most famous song, "Stairway to Heaven," the legendary rock band says, after more than four decades hidden in the vaults.
World music fest adds the actual taste of what people hear
In their native Iran, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are best known for their soaring voices, flawless harmonies and dedication to the art of singing in the face of tough...
Technical glitch, boos mar opening of famed Wagner fest
The opening night Friday of the world-famous Bayreuth Festival, the month-long summer opera extravaganza dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, was halted for nearly...
Kiss, Usher, J.Lo to perform at Fashion Rocks
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall.
Clapton says thank you to Cale with ‘The Breeze’
For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music.