General Security has returned the body of a Lebanese man allegedly killed by the Syrian regime in the countryside around the border town of Arsal to Lebanese territory, a source from Arsal Municipality told The Daily Star Sunday.
Lebanon bids farewell to former MPs Khatib, Zein
Condolences flowed after two former MPs passed away over the weekend.
Several Indian MPs face serious criminal charges
More than 40 percent of lawmakers in India’s new Parliament face criminal charges - some as serious as murder and rape - and the list is growing, an electoral reform...
Everest season death toll hits 10
The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest took the toll from a deadly season on the world’s highest peak to 10, expedition organizers said.
U.S. sanctions on Iran felt in Iraq
For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his...
Sidon puts on more Ramadan hospitality
Sidon spread its festive Ramadan spirit and showcased the city’s heritage for the third weekend in a row as a new group of officials visited Saturday.
Infant boy dies in refugee settlement fire
An infant boy has been killed in a fire that broke out in a Syrian refugee settlement in the Zahle town of Ferzol, the state-run National News Agency reported Sunday.
Exploring intersection of deafness, mental health
A conference exploring the intersection of deafness and mental health will be held Thursday, with the aim of raising awareness and beginning a process of providing...
More than 40 percent of lawmakers in India’s new Parliament face criminal charges - some as serious as murder and rape - and the list is growing, an electoral reform group said Saturday.
Race to succeed PM May centers on Brexit
The prospect of a “no-deal” Brexit was fast becoming the central battle of the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May Sunday, as Environment Minister Michael Gove...
EU elections primer: How they work, what could happen
European voters are choosing lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years.
UK minister Gove joins race to replace May as prime minister: Sky
Environment minister and prominent pro-Brexit campaigner Michael Gove said Sunday he would be running to replace Theresa May as British prime minister, Sky News reported.
For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran.
Mother eyes new life after years in Syria jail
After giving birth and raising a toddler during four years in a Syrian prison, 30-year-old Hasna Dbeis is now free, and determined to forge a new life for her family.
Haftar to fight until Tripoli ‘militias’ defeated
Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is leading a military offensive against the U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli, said in an interview published Sunday he will...
U.N. chief rejects Hadi’s accusation of bias
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has assured Yemen’s leader that the world body will remain impartial in efforts to resolve the country’s conflict, rejecting...
Netanyahu struggles to form govt, deadline looms
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked Sunday on what he termed a “final effort” to break a deadlock on forming a governing coalition ahead of a Wednesday...
Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Thursday that protectionist decisions will be made in the interest of the integrated Lebanese economy, which are legal, fair and non-random, and have been taken on the basis of complaints submitted by industrialists against dumping and illegal profiting.
Hotels predict best summer tourism since 2010
Hotel reservations in Lebanon this summer will surpass last year’s and are likely to reach the highest level since 2010 unless recent tensions in the region escalate,...
World’s top carry trade here to stay
Foreign investors came to Egypt for what Renaissance Capital said could be the “best reform story” in emerging markets and stayed for this year’s biggest carry-trade...
Aramco starts fuel trading from UAE
Saudi Arabia’s Aramco hired two Singapore-based traders and began dealing in fuel at the Middle East’s main bunkering port as the world’s biggest oil exporter expands...
German business with Iran down sharply
A German business group says German companies’ trade with Iran has declined sharply as the United States turns up the economic heat on Tehran.
Slashing the deficit, sending strong signals
The Lebanese government’s plan to cut the budget deficit to 7.5 percent of GDP from more than 11 percent in 2018 is supposed to send a strong message to the...
Banks charging new fees for checks, withdrawals
Some Lebanese banks are charging their customers new high fees and commissions on checks, cash withdrawals and currency exchange.
Customs gets back to work, fuel deliveries resume
Fuel and gasoline deliveries to gas stations across Lebanon resumed Tuesday morning after Customs partially suspended a strike against the government’s planned...
Foreign investors came to Egypt for what Renaissance Capital said could be the “best reform story” in emerging markets and stayed for this year’s biggest carry-trade return.
Orange pushed from Iraq as regulator takes hold
An Iraqi industry regulator has stripped France’s Orange SA of its stake in wireless operator Korek and handed it to a group of local investors, according to an...
Riyadh seeks private money for Red Sea tourism
Saudi Arabia is seeking private sector investment to turn an archipelago islands, desert and mountains on its Red Sea coast into a global tourism destination.
BeIN media group CEO charged in corruption probe in France
The chief executive officer of media group beIN was handed preliminary charges of corruption as part of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2019 track...
Xi seeks global cooperation on technology
Countries should cooperate in developing the internet, big data and artificial intelligence, China President Xi Jinping said in a letter to the China International Big...
Tech cold war will force global leaders to choose
The U.S.-China tech cold war is about to spread, and that will force leaders to make some difficult decisions.
Renault, Fiat Chrysler in talks on alliance: sources
French and Italian-U.S. auto giants Renault and Fiat Chrysler are set to announce talks on an alliance, with a view to a potential merger, informed sources said Sunday.
Singapore chases tech ‘Jedi Masters’
San Francisco-based investor Paul Bragiel said he needed to be asked three or four times before he accepted an invitation from Singapore to come check out its tech scene.
“I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time.
Callous chess game
The Arab world seems to have been destined to suffer. Going back over seven decades, since the Nakba in 1948, it seems every evil has befallen countries of this region...
From Syria to Sudan, the myth of climate wars
In the years leading up to Syria’s civil war, the country endured three consecutive record-breaking droughts.
Sputnik moment with seismic consequences
Many of us have been waiting for a new Sputnik moment, the point at which the challenge from China spurs America to get its act together.
Accept responsibility for your militants
For sheer hypocrisy, it’s hard to match the European nations that are refusing responsibility for dozens of their nationals who became militant “foreign fighters” over...
With the re-election of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and blanket support from U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that the winds of war and aggression...
There are countless issues that are open to debate in Lebanon, but no one can refute the professionalism of the country’s banking sector or of its security services.
Prosperity in age of environmental instability
A century ago, the main industry in Bahrain was pearl diving.
The EU’s four challenges
This year’s European Parliament elections have spurred months of nail biting.
Will young voter apathy take down Europe?
The need for a strong, unified Europe has never been greater.
For sheer hypocrisy, it’s hard to match the European nations that are refusing responsibility for dozens of their nationals who became militant “foreign fighters” over the past five years and are now warehoused in makeshift prisons in northeast Syria.
Trump’s disruptive style has diminishing returns
President Donald Trump has styled himself in foreign policy as the Great Disrupter. And for a time, this unpredictable approach served him reasonably well.
Chinese mole saga reads like a thriller
Behind the admission by a former CIA officer that he plotted to spy for China lies an astonishing tale of Beijing’s espionage against America - and the vindication of...
Iran, U.S. impasse could lead to conflict
Behind recent U.S. and Iranian military mobilizations lies a perception by each side that the other may be about to attack.
Too much at stake to leave Pentagon in limbo
At a time when America is facing a potential military confrontation with Iran, an escalating trade war with China and a showdown with North Korea, you’d think President...
Aston Villa and Derby County face off for the biggest bounty in world football Monday with the riches of the Premier League guaranteeing around 200 million pounds ($253 million) for the winner of the Championship playoff final.
Bayern president confirms Kovac will stay
Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has confirmed once and for all that coach Niko Kovac will remain in his job next season.
Hanfman: Deafness helps tune out noisy Nadal fans
When Yannick Hanfmann takes on 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in the biggest match of his career at Roland Garros, he won’t be fazed by the noise generated by thousands...
Federer marks Paris return with victory
Roger Federer marked his return to Roland Garros after a four-year absence with a straight sets win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego Sunday, admitting he “felt on edge,” as...
NBA Finals set: Reigning Warriors v. newcomer Rap
The first NBA game was in Toronto.And now, the NBA Finals are headed there.
Jadon is not on the market: Dortmund CEO
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has categorically ruled out selling England starlet Jadon Sancho ahead of next season.
Cup defeat leaves Barcelona with questions
The backing from Barcelona’s club head Josep Maria Bartomeu came but it was not as convincing as before.
Ahed and Ansar clash in cup final
The domestic season promises to end in spectacular fashion when the country’s foremost sides, Ahed and Ansar, meet in the Lebanese Cup final Saturday.
When Yannick Hanfmann takes on 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in the biggest match of his career at Roland Garros, he won’t be fazed by the noise generated by thousands of fans getting behind the Spaniard.
Nadal and Djokovic head French Open cast
For the first time in four years the big three in men’s tennis will all be present at the French Open, all striving to etch another remarkable storyline in the red...
French clay wide open for next women’s champion
Want to know who will win the women’s French Open?
Australian Kyrgios pulls out of French Open
Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the French Open Friday, according to tournament officials, robbing the Grand Slam event of some guaranteed fireworks.
Bucks face elimination after tweaking starting lineup
Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals.
Warriors get hard-earned break before finals
And now, they wait. Again.
Raptors thump Bucks to level NBA Eastern Conference finals at 2-2
The Toronto Raptors closed ranks around hurting star Kawhi Leonard, turning in a total team effort in a 120-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday to level the...
Leonard stars as Raptors claw back with win over Bucks
Kawhi Leonard scored eight of his 36 points in the second overtime period Sunday to lead the Toronto Raptors to a gritty 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the...
Richard Carapaz of Ecuador won the grueling 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia Saturday to move into the overall lead.
BeIN CEO charged with corruption in France probe
Superlatives flow for Koepka but challenges ahead
Brooks Koepka received lots of plaudits for his PGA Championship victory Sunday and the American will no longer be able to slip into major championships almost...
Marquez takes French MotoGP for Honda’s 300th win
Spain’s defending world champion Marc Marquez won the French MotoGP at Le Mans Sunday, racking up Honda’s 300th victory in the division and completing a memorable...
Wilder retains title with brutal first-round KO
Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight...
Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday, nursing his car’s worn tires to the finish in a nail-biting victory worthy of the team’s late great Niki Lauda.
Hamilton snatches dramatic Monaco GP pole with record lap
Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix with an all-time circuit record lap in the final seconds to outpace Mercedes team-mate...
Hamilton fastest for mourning Mercedes in Monaco
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest for mourning Mercedes in both Monaco Grand Prix practice sessions Thursday.
Tributes planned for Lauda at Monaco GP
Formula One will honor Niki Lauda at this weekend’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix, with teams and drivers Wednesday still coming to terms with the triple world champion’s...
Sporting world mourns death of Niki Lauda
Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said Tuesday, triggering an outpouring of praise for a man whose track victories and...
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s raucous social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or Saturday.
A portrait of Rudolf Nureyev in ‘The White Crow’
The great Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev doesn’t come across as particularly likable in “The White Crow,” Ralph Fiennes’ elegant biopic of his early years.
Madonna gets into Eurovision groove in Tel Aviv despite Palestinian criticism
Pop star Madonna took time out ahead of her scheduled guest performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, attending an evening event in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most...
'Avengers Endgame' nears global record with over $2B
"Avengers: Endgame" has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.
Banksy in Venice? Work, perhaps artist himself
British artist Banksy has apparently left his mark on Venice, and even claimed to have set up an unlicensed art stall in the famous “floating city.”
Netflix isn’t absent at Cannes. It’s everywhere
If you’re going to earnestly shout “Vive le cinema!”
Omani writer wins Man Booker International prize for literature
Jokha Alharthi has become the first Arab author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel “Celestial Bodies” which reveals her Omani homeland’s...
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.
Hugs, tears mark taping of final 'Big Bang Theory' episode
Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of "The Big Bang Theory," a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike.
'Star Wars' Darth Vader costume could go for $2 million at auction
A man who made appearances as Darth Vader at film premieres and fan conventions will sell a costume created in 1979 by the "Star Wars" design team at an auction of...
For the last fortnight, the fashion world’s capital shifted south from Paris to the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival.
Bosnian women footballers tackle patriarchy
As a young girl, Irena Bjelica had to furtively sneak to football training in defiance of a family who thought she would be better suited as a dancer or model.
UN declares Algeria and Argentina free of deadly malaria
Algeria – the nation where malaria was discovered – is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the third African country to...
Dementia cases set to triple: WHO issues guide to cut risk
With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular...
Phoenicia’s atmospheric new iftar experiences
The Phoenicia Hotel has always been one of the go-to destinations for Beirutis looking to celebrate a high-end iftar or suhoor during Ramadan.
In first, NASA tests look
to manage drones in cities
NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the...
Dressing ‘kings’ with Italy’s luxury czar Stefano Ricci
Italian luxury designer Stefano Ricci and his sons are playing at being kings for the day as they unveil their latest collection at the sumptuous Reggia di Caserta near...
In the land of stout, Ireland’s first ‘dry pub’
It’s happy hour in Dublin and the drinks are flowing, but in Ireland’s first “dry pub” patrons are forgoing Guinness and whiskey for non-boozy beers and zero percent...
Algeria – the nation where malaria was discovered – is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the third African country to eliminate one of the world's leading killer diseases.
Get your children vaccinated or face fine: German health minister
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has drawn up draft legislation to oblige parents to get their children vaccinated against measles or else face fines and their...
Threats, hope as turtle season begins in Lebanon
As turtles have begun landing on Lebanon’s shores to lay their eggs, the Environment Ministry is working to limit the threats they face by increasing the number of...
We spend a considerable amount of time interacting with our phone screens. And the focal point of all that interaction? The display.
San Francisco may ban face recognition by police
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a...
SpaceX delays launch to freshly repaired space station
SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs.
Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du...
It’s already one of the world’s most original commutes the ferry trip between Istanbul’s European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers unforgettable views on their way to work.
Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends.
Fears over rising violence in Amazon
Following traditional rituals, indigenous chief Olimpio Santos Guajajara paints his face with red dye from urucum seeds as he prepares to go on patrol to protect...
Three tons of rubbish collected from Everest
A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tons of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the...