Rai arrives in Irbil in support of Iraqi Christians
Berri: Approve salary scale before certificates
Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail
US officials: Video shows American's beheading
Police arrest protesters in Missouri as calm dissolves
The Union Coordination Committee announced Tuesday that it would stay committed to its decision to boycott the correcting of official exams, with the long-awaited salary raise for public sector workers still to be approved.
Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Aug. 20, 2014
A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.
Cameron returns from holiday to discuss ISIS video
David Cameron will interrupt his holiday and return to London after a video released by ISIS purportedly showed the beheading of a U.S. journalist.
France seeks international meeting to tackle ISIS
French President Francois Hollande calls for an international conference on ways of tackling ISIS insurgents who have seized control of territory in Iraq and Syria.
Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola
Security forces enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, where looters raided an Ebola screening center over the weekend and removed contaminated...
Cabinet unanimously agrees on poll decree
The Cabinet signed a decree Tuesday calling on the electorate to vote in parliamentary elections scheduled for November, but the move is not expected to boost the...
Hezbollah kills jihadist behind suicide bombings
Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.
Lebanon’s Christians united with Muslims
The small crowd is silent, pensive, exhausted by their trials.
Kurdish ministers rejoin Iraqi government
Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration, Iraq's outgoing...
Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help
An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.
Strike kills Hamas commander's wife and child
Hamas says an Israeli airstrike killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as a temporary cease-fire went up in smoke and Cairo truce talks froze.
Security forces enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, where looters raided an Ebola screening center over the weekend and removed contaminated sheets and other items.
Afghanistan bans NYT reporter from leaving country
Afghanistan has barred a reporter from leaving the country after his paper ran a story about ministry and palace officials discussing plans to form an interim...
Russia stages new military exercises
Russia says it is conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine.
At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes
Huge landslides in western Japan kill at least 32 people and left another nine missing, authorities say, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.
U.S. officials call for calm amid Missouri unrest
U.S. lawmakers Tuesday called for calm and a change in police tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots...
The total value of industrial exports dropped by 14.5 percent from $1.188 billion in the first four months of 2013 to $1.016 billion during the same period in 2014, according to a report issued by the Industry Ministry Tuesday.
Graduates downbeat about prospects
A recent survey showed that most new university graduates in Lebanon are not optimistic about finding jobs in the country.
Arab Bank in the dock
Arab bank, on trial in New York for allegedly supporting terrorism, is one of the biggest and most prestigious Arab banking giants in the world.
Egypt picks consortium to draft Suez hub plan
Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government’s mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of...
Rich see wage gains, no raises for U.S. workers
Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion have done almost nothing to boost paychecks for typical American workers while the rich have gotten...
Audi cautiously optimistic about Lebanon’s economy
Bank Audi said over the weekend that it was cautiously optimistic about the prospects of modest economic growth in Lebanon, despite the difficult political and security...
Lebanese banks’ Syrian profits take a big hit
The combined net profits of six out of seven Lebanese banks operating in Syria dropped 54 percent in the first half of 2014 to SYP 2.89 billion, down from SYP 6.35...
Construction focus shifts outside Beirut
Lebanon’s real estate and construction sector is adapting to the dearth of foreign investment, shifting its focus to Mount Lebanon and Beirut’s suburbs to meet a...
Egypt picks Saudi consultancy to draft Suez plan
Egypt selects a Saudi consultancy to draw up the plan for the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and...
Foreign banks struggle to compete in Saudi Arabia
Local lenders in Saudi Arabia are dominating the market, prompting overseas banks to surrender their licenses as they struggle to compete, the chief executive officer...
Oil cargo from Iraqi Kurdistan docks in Croatia
A delivery of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan has arrived at Croatia’s Adriatic sea port of Omisalj, a Croatian government source said Sunday, confirming a report by...
Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion have done almost nothing to boost paychecks for typical American workers while the rich have gotten richer.
EU sanctions to hit Dutch exports badly
Sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the EU will cut Dutch exports by “at least 300 million euros” ($400 million), based on 2013 figures,...
Low returns for fleeing U.S. tax
Establishing a tax domicile abroad to avoid U.S. taxes is a hot strategy in corporate America, but many companies that have done such “inversion” deals have failed to...
Volvo makes eyes at Chinese rich
With headlights shaped like Thor’s hammer and space for a humidity-controlled cigar case, Volvo’s new cars are sporting luxury features and designer glitz to catch the...
Russian central bank moves closer to free float
Russia’s central bank Monday moved a step closer to its goal of a freely floating ruble exchange rate by widening its trading corridor for the ruble and reducing the...
In what is probably a dream come true for many teenagers across the world, the Lebanese Education Ministry has finally decided to grant certificates to tens of thousands of high school students, regardless of whether or not they even sat the exams.
Sham U.S. ‘concern’
American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional and...
Arabs face a deep crisis of statehood
The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated a historic moment of reckoning in...
Fighting the Islamic State will require patience
The Obama administration’s Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is so toxic that it will be self-limiting...
What’s next for the last pagans of Iraq?
With U.S. President Barack Obama having ordered airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops of food and relief supplies to refugees in northern Iraq last week, the world is...
Gaza dying slow death
As the current truce between Gaza and Israel is set to expire Monday at midnight, it appears that any long-term cease-fire is as unachievable as ever, and while the...
Leading by example
A lot of countries have recently been reiterating just how committed they are to combating terrorism, be it at home or abroad, but few have taken as many tangible steps...
The international community appears to be stepping up to the developing crisis in northern Iraq, one which the U.N. warned Wednesday had the potential to descend into...
The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated a historic moment of reckoning in several arenas in those two countries, which mirror similar trends across the entire region.
Israeli propaganda starts to wear thin
One of the fascinating dimensions of the battle between Israel and Palestine is how Israeli leaders and their American apologists keep changing their propaganda message...
Has Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi peaked too soon?
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a...
Pity Lebanon’s reckless Christians
Michel Aoun might want to learn a lesson from Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s ousted prime minister. It is that the longer you cling to a tenuous position, the more apt are...
With U.S. President Barack Obama having ordered airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops of food and relief supplies to refugees in northern Iraq last week, the world is finally taking action against the Islamic State.
Tunisia must fight terror but preserve liberties
Last week, the National Constituent Assembly in Tunisia began discussing an anti-terrorism and money laundering law.
The Middle East really has few moderates
Hillary Clinton was expressing what has become Washington’s new conventional wisdom when she implied, in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic,...
Obama merits support for protecting lives in Iraq
U.S. President Barack Obama deserves unconditional support for his recent decision to use military force to protect the persecuted Yazidi minority from threatened...
Turkey highlights liberalism’s failings
Turkey’s controversial Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the first popularly elected president of Turkey.
Arsenal Tuesday survived the test of a raucous Istanbul crowd and a hugely energized Besiktas side to leave Turkey with a goalless draw and their hopes intact of advancing to the Champions League group stage.
New Italy coach Conte shrugs off wage controversy
New Italy coach Antonio Conte brushed aside controversy over his wages, which will be part-funded by the national federation’s sponsors, when he was officially...
Federer warms up for U.S. Open with 80th ATP title
Roger Federer won his 80th career title and sixth at the Cincinnati Masters Sunday, beating David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to stamp himself a U.S. Open favorite.
Champion Nadal out of U.S. Open with wrist injury
Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open Monday because of an injured right wrist, making him the fourth reigning men’s champion in the last 45 years to sit out the...
Verstappen, 16, to become youngest F1 driver
Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in Formula One history next season after being unveiled as Toro Rosso’s new signing.
At Barca, Suarez vows to leave biting behind
Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him for good.
Quality Chelsea must win the title
By halftime, the view of Pendle Hill and the town’s proud old Victorian factory chimneys had faded into the evening. On the floodlit glory of the Turf Moor pitch,...
Brazil boss Dunga cuts several World Cup players
New Brazil manager Dunga has left out several big names from the World Cup, including Fred and Paulinho, in his first squad for next month’s friendlies against Colombia...
Serena wins Cincinnati in final U.S. Open tuneup
Serena Williams finished her last U.S. Open tuneup in style by blowing away Serbian Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-1 to win her first title at the Western and Southern Open in...
Champion Rafa Nadal has pulled out of the U.S. Open, which begins next Monday, after failing to recover from a right wrist injury.
Federer advances with milestone Masters match win
Roger Federer became the first man to win 300 matches at the ATP Masters 1000 level, beating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-2 Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Marquez run ends as Pedrosa wins Czech MotoGP
Marc Marquez’s hopes of setting a record 11 straight MotoGP wins ended Sunday as Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain won the Czech Republic Moto GP in Brno.
Ecclestone pays $100M to close bribery case
Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has paid an agreed $100 million to end his German trial on bribery charges, a court said Wednesday, officially closing the case...
Stewart’s fate hangs on driver death probe
Investigators have yet to find any evidence of criminal behavior by NASCAR veteran Tony Stewart in the death of a young dirt track racer, after authorities concluded...
Horner: Vettel worn out, Red Bull fighting back
Sebastian Vettel is “worn out” after winning four consecutive world drivers’ titles to enable Red Bull to reign supreme in Formula One, according to his team chief...
A fist-pumping, high-fiving Steve Ballmer enthusiastically vowed to run a “hard core” NBA franchise that will win championships during a rally to introduce the new owner to Los Angeles Clipper fans.
U.S. vulnerable without big names: Prigioni
Hosts Spain and several other teams are capable of defeating a United States side missing their biggest names at the Aug. 30-Sept. 14 basketball World Cup, New York...
Riyadi’s Ahmad renews contract for three years
Riyadi star Ismael Ahmad has renewed his contract with the club for three years, and the Egyptian star will feature as local player in the upcoming season of the...
Ballmer turns focus to Clippers fans
Steve Ballmer, the former head of Microsoft, completed a $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team Tuesday, ending an ugly saga involving former...
Basketball clubs begin cost-cutting efforts
Lebanese basketball players will have to accept salary cuts due to the financial difficulties, as at least three clubs have informed their players of a 30-40 percent...
Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt won his first 100 meters of 2014 Sunday in an exhibition race run on Rio’s iconic Copacabana beach, two years out from the 2016 Olympics.
Farah wins double gold at Europeans
Mo Farah clinched his 5,000-10,000 meter double at the European Championships Sunday, giving his season a golden finish that made him the double long-distance champion...
England’s Brook wins IBF welterweight title
England’s Kell Brook stretched his perfect record to 33 straight wins by beating Shawn Porter by a majority decision Saturday to capture the International Boxing...
Tiger’s Ryder decision wise, but raises questions
Tiger Woods’ decision to rule himself out of contention for next month’s Ryder Cup was a wise one given his struggles since undergoing back surgery in March, but it...
Evergreen Pavey the golden girl at Europeans
Just a month short of her 41st birthday, Britain’s Jo Pavey ran her way into the record books on the opening night of the European Athletics Championships by becoming...
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow.
50 Cent, Intel team up on heart-monitor headphones
Rap star 50 Cent and US computing giant Intel are teaming up on a new line of headphones that double as heart rate monitors.
Fashion at your fingertips: Five new trends for nails
Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails.
Lebanese designers expand reach online
A London-based website has become one of the most indispensable platforms for young Lebanese designers to build an international audience for their budding fashion...
China fishes for growth with largest aquarium
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at...
Google Android software spreading to cars, watches, TV
Google is expanding its empire to cars, watches, businesses and televisions.
Google making low-cost smartphone for emerging markets
Google announced Wednesday it was working on a low-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets as part of an initiative called Android One.
Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables
An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference,...
Nova Scotia wineries fight cold, restrictions
The fledgling wines in the province of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada are fast developing a reputation, as a series of tastings last month showed.
Fashion, communication leaders join Dubai council
The New York-based Lebanese designer Reem Acra will fulfill her promise to help develop the Middle East’s fashion industry as one of the latest members appointed to the...
Young NGO plays local fairy godmother
There was nothing simple about the events that resulted in 13-year-old Reine Francis realizing her dream of taking dance classes abroad.
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth.
Thailand ranks No. 1 in beachfront hotels
Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than...
Hungary's truffles add a mystery touch
Fallen branches crack under Istvan Bagi's muddy boots as he paces through a damp forest in the morning mist, tracking his trusty black Labrador on another outing for...
Whiling away the hours in ‘Le Midi’
From the crystal blue Atlantic waters in the west stretching to the French Riviera in the east, the south of France has been mythologized by travelers as the ideal...
Paris plea to lovers: Say it with a selfie
Note to romance-struck couples strolling in Paris, the city of love: Please consider immortalizing your passion with a “selfie” rather than lashing a padlock to a city...
Not many teenagers would feel safer in a shark-infested sea than in their own neighborhood, but Luxolo Ponco does.
Dogs could get jealous: Study drops hints
When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her...
Autistics excel as entrepreneurs
When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket’s bakery, she told him he’d never do anything more than collect grocery carts.
‘Ethical’ fashion helping Africa’s poor
The muddy streets of Kenya’s crowded Korogocho slums in Nairobi are a far cry from the fashion boutiques of Paris, Milan, New York or London.
Italians go to school to learn about corruption
Is helping a pal win a contract just being friendly?
Ever felt like your neighbor’s antics could drive you to an early grave?
Does vitamin D help with asthma?
Asthma sufferers who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to their regular inhalers, could breathe a little easier than those who relied only on...
When it comes to exercise, how much is too much?
Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study that examined how much exercise is too much.
Heart failure patient launches new gene therapy
A 37-year-old British man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid...
Regardless of location, concussions serious
Concussions in American high school football players are equally serious no matter where on the head the hit occurred, according to a new study.
In the photo, a girl crouches on a wooden raft, surrounded by solemn men.
Famed Iranian poet Behbahani dies at 87
Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her...
Gisele Bundchen leads pack as world's highest paid model: Forbes
With estimated earnings of $47 million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other business ventures, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the world's...
Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG lifetime honor
Debbie Reynolds, the star of such enduring Hollywood films as "Singin' in the Rain" and "How the West Was Won," will be honored with a lifetime achievement award by her...
‘Mission Blue’ follows an underwater hero
From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned...
Wilder memoir gives a gritty view of prairie life
Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of America’s most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on...
Hip-hop, graffiti tag Lebanon’s woes
In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the broadcast of their weekly radio show.
Broadway stars sleep rough to help homeless
The kids at the Covenant House homeless shelter are always looking for somebody to lean on.
With estimated earnings of $47 million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other business ventures, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the world's highest paid model for the eighth consecutive year, Forbes.com said on Monday.
At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to expand his Universe
Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding outposts to his creative empire as he hopes to interest...
Italian-American opera star Licia Albanese dead at 105
Licia Albanese, an Italian-American soprano who for more than a quarter century starred at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has died at age 105, her family said...
Jackie Chan's son arrested in China on drugs charge
The son of Hong Kong kungfu movie star Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing for drug use, police said on Tuesday, the latest celebrity ensnared in a nationwide...
From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.
Action films bore me, says 'Lucy' director Luc Besson
French director Luc Besson's new film, "Lucy", about a woman who ingests a drug that gives her supernormal mental powers, says action films bore him - but his movie...
Hollywood agent with ‘real’ people
In a town where seemingly everyone wants to be a star, but few look like one, Sid Levin is the talent agent who represents the people who look like the rest of us.
Aduba, Janney among creative arts Emmy winners
Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her breakout role as a prisoner known as "Crazy Eyes" in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black.
'Turtles' tops again, beats 'Guardians' at North American box office
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," last weekend's most popular film, collected ticket sales of $28.4 million to top the U.S. and Canadian box office rankings for a second...
Veteran musicians Willie Nelson and Neil Young are teaming up for a benefit concert in Nebraska to raise funds in the fight against land being sold for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, charity organization Bold Nebraska said on Monday.
Musical based on Gloria Estefan's life to open on Broadway in 2015
A new musical based on the life of seven-time Grammy winning singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, a music, television and film producer, will debut on...
Artists cover landmark Johnny Cash album
Various Artists, "Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited" (Sony Masterworks)
Throughout his career, Johnny Cash sang about the downtrodden,...
Country Crue: Nashville embraces heavy metal
Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have spent so much time hanging out with country artists for a Motley Crue tribute album that they know how to write the classic country song.
Taylor Swift to release new album
Taylor Swift is saying goodbye to country music, for now: The singer says she's releasing her first full-length pop album on Oct. 27.