Electricite du Liban has agreed to extend by three years the lease of two power barges owned by Turkish company Karadeniz Holding and is waiting for finances to be provided, an EDL source told The Daily Star Sunday.
MEA resumes direct flights to Madrid
Middle East Airlines resumed direct flights from Beirut to Madrid Saturday after an almost 25-year hiatus.
South Africans fight apartheid urban planning
“[Skin] color gets darker the further away you are” from the town center, said Lindiwe, a middle-aged squatter explaining how land distribution in South Africa...
May vows to increase health funding after Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged Sunday to increase funding for the National Health Service by 20 billion pounds ($26.57 billion) after Brexit, funded by...
Land degradation: Why our daily choices matter
“Land has true value. Invest in it.”
Soldier, civilian killed in Baalbeck dispute
An Army soldier and a civilian were killed this weekend in clashes between family members in the Baalbeck town of Sireen al-Fawqa, an Army statement reported Sunday.
General Security behind Iran passport stamp move
The Foreign Ministry clarified Sunday that the decision to stamp an entry card rather than the passport of Iranians visiting Lebanon was made by General Security.
Ministry denies claims of protecting drug trade
Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that a recent Foreign Policy article alleging the Lebanese state was protecting Hezbollah-linked cocaine trade in Latin America...
“[Skin] color gets darker the further away you are” from the town center, said Lindiwe, a middle-aged squatter explaining how land distribution in South Africa has barely changed since apartheid.
Deadly attacks mar Afghanistan cease-fire
A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad Sunday, killing at least 14 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters,...
Migrant policy the top threat to EU unity
Forget Brexit or a looming trans-Atlantic trade war.
Separation of families: How U.S. got here
The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from...
Fighters expel Daesh from Syrian border village
A U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance Sunday ousted Daesh (ISIS) from a key village in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border, it said.
World is failing refugees: U.N. envoy Jolie
The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women and children are suffering terribly as a result, the U.N. refugee agency’s...
Israel extends detention of Palestinian lawmaker
Israel Sunday said it had extended the detention of female Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, held without charge over the past year, for an additional four months.
Haftar’s forces push in Libya’s oil crescent
The self-styled Libyan National Army loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar announced Sunday a “major offensive” to drive rival groups from the country’s northeastern oil...
Software piracy in Lebanon remained high relative to the global average despite a slight decrease from 2017, the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance said in a report released Wednesday.
Israel, Egypt gas partners near EMG pipeline deal
The companies developing Israel’s largest natural gas fields and an Egyptian partner are close to a deal that would give them control of the pipeline to Egypt,...
oil chief faces toughest OPEC test
Since he became Saudi Arabia’s energy minister two years ago, Khalid al-Falih has had a good run: He persuaded a fractious OPEC to cut oil production, convinced Russia...
Trump sanctions, not OPEC,
As OPEC oil ministers prepared to meet in Vienna later this week, U.S. President Donald Trump fired another Twitter-shot across their bows.
Easy money endures as stimulus unwinds
Don’t declare the end of easy money just yet.
Construction permits down: engineers
The drop in real estate demand and the suspension of subsidized housing loans have negatively affected the volume of Lebanon’s construction permits, which fell by 14.9...
Casino du Liban expects $10M profit: Khoury
The president of Casino du Liban Roland Khoury projected net profits of over $10 million by the end of 2018 for Lebanon’s only licensed gambling center.
Kassar elected chair, general manager of BLC Bank
Nadim Kassar was elected as the new chairman and general manager of BLC Bank after the resignation of Maurice Sehnaoui from the post, Fransabank said in a statement...
Since he became Saudi Arabia’s energy minister two years ago, Khalid al-Falih has had a good run: He persuaded a fractious OPEC to cut oil production, convinced Russia to join the cartel in curbing output, and then saw Brent crude rise nearly 75 percent to $80 a barrel.
to jointly invest in four seaports
Somalia and Ethiopia announced they were jointly investing in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their two countries, the latest move in a tussle for access...
Tracking the downfall of Dubai’s star investor
Pakistani financier Arif Naqvi shared a stage with Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January for a panel on global health. Even alongside...
UAE scraps costly worker deposits for businesses
The United Arab Emirates is on a blitz. In the past three weeks, the federal government and regional sheikhdoms have announced a slew of measures designed to stimulate...
Siemens wins $2B contract for new Tube trains
A division of Germany’s Siemens has been awarded a contract worth about 1.5 billion pounds ($2 billion) to design and build 94 new trains for the Piccadilly Line on...
Fund managers diversify as trade worries rise
The rising tensions over global trade policies and tariffs are prompting some top-performing international fund managers to look for the companies that can emerge as...
Energy officials compromise on natural gas
World energy ministers representing about two-thirds of the global population tussled over how the world can achieve a cleaner energy future. The compromise answer:...
China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish
China fired back Saturday in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans,...
It’s always a good idea to get out of your own way if you want to reach your stated goals.
The U.N.’s presence in Lebanon dates back to the early ’50s, just a few years after the end of World War II, with the arrival at the time of UNRWA, which looked after...
The small miracle of Armenia’s velvet revolution
If you’re looking for some good news from a faraway land, here’s a tale of Armenia’s “velvet revolution,” which just deposed a corrupt, authoritarian government and...
For China, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving
“America will remain the world’s dominant power in the 21st century only if it is the dominant Pacific power,” the late Lee Kuan Yew often said to me.
In his deal with Trump, Kim gave up very little
Credit President Trump for seizing the diplomatic moment at the Singapore summit.
Crossing red lines
After moving a friendly football match between Israel and Argentina from Haifa to occupied Jerusalem, Israel’s Sports Minister Miri Regev has seen her plans unravel as...
Two million dead people walking, including starving children; over 60 percent unemployment among young people; children and the elderly dying due to a lack of medical...
Keep the momentum
Following successful parliamentary polls that saw 80 new faces ready to inject fresh talent into the legislative, Saad Hariri has been designated as prime minister by...
If you’re looking for some good news from a faraway land, here’s a tale of Armenia’s “velvet revolution,” which just deposed a corrupt, authoritarian government and installed a team of eager young reformers to govern a tiny nation perilously bordering Russia.
Our infant information revolution
It is frequently said that we are experiencing an information revolution.
Are Russia and Iran parting ways over Syria?
Recent reporting gives the impression that Moscow and Tehran are parting ways in Syria. The Kremlin has called on all foreign military forces – except for its own – to...
Trump-Kim summit: What about denuclearization?
How Carter Page got tangled in the Russian web
Back in July 2016, just before the formal launch of the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, a bureau informant met in Britain...
Democrats need to find their voice on tariffs
Is U.S. President Donald Trump’s pitch to disgruntled manufacturing workers a leading political indicator, portending future trends, or a lagging one, appealing to a...
Behind Trump’s zigzag route to Singapore
“Are you on the road or in the ditch?”
Fringe figures take center stage in Russia probe
In the bizarre double helix that is the Russia investigation, one of the recurring themes is the role of would-be influencers.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard can be one of the stars of the World Cup as the Chelsea man prepares to lead his nation into their tournament opener against Panama.
Race, spying claims in Korea-Sweden buildup
South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong said Sunday he deliberately made his team wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse World Cup opponents who...
Murray to make competitive return at Queen's Club next week: BBC
Britain's former world number one Andy Murray will make his competitive return from hip surgery at the Queen's Club tournament next week, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Nadal to miss Wimbledon warm-up
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club as the world number one takes a break following his latest French Open triumph.
Lue says intends to coach Cavaliers next season
Despite dealing with health issues and facing the strong likelihood LeBron James won’t be on the roster, Tyronn Lue said he intends to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Ronaldo 1, Messi 0 in World Cup duel
Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi – reveling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick...
Tiny Iceland neutralize Messi’s Argentina
When the final whistle blew, Lionel Messi angrily kicked away the ball like it was poison and tore off his captain’s armband as though it was cursed.
Don’t worry, Messi misses penalties too
For anyone who has ever missed a penalty at any level, there was some consolation Saturday – Lionel Messi can miss them too.
Nadal keeps old guard firmly in control
When Rafael Nadal broke down in tears on the Roland Garros podium Sunday as 15,000 people, plus a smattering of Hollywood heavyweights, stood and honored his staggering...
Federer eyes top spot return in Stuttgart
Roger Federer said Monday that his motivation is sky-high as he bids for a possible return to the number one ranking if he reaches the final at the Stuttgart Cup.
Still untouchable, Nadal claims 11th French title
Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe’s Alpine heartland found it a...
Despite dealing with health issues and facing the strong likelihood LeBron James won’t be on the roster, Tyronn Lue said he intends to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers next season.
Trump says he will not invite NBA champs to White House
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he will not host either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors at the White House, echoing the controversy over the...
Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt – and a very familiar spot – as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.
Sixers boss Colangelo quits over bogus Twitter accounts
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo quit on Thursday after it emerged that his wife operated fake Twitter accounts to praise his work...
Dynasty's doorstep: Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt - and a very familiar spot - as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.
Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear to be poised for a title unification bout in the division’s most anticipated matchup.
Duval: Expect to get your teeth kicked in
Former world No. 1 David Duval says “expecting to get your teeth kicked in” is a prerequisite for any player with designs of winning the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock...
Whittaker victorious in Romero rematch
Robert Whittaker barely got the fight to the judges before they handed him a win in a grueling rematch. Whittaker survived a staggering blow in the fifth round to beat...
Crawford scores TKO, wins WBO welterweight title
With a bevy of punches in the ninth round, Terence Crawford solidified his case as one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world.
Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on comeback
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury declared that he was completely happy with his four-round comeback win Saturday night – despite a lack of action.
Mercedes are playing catch-up but Ferrari will falter, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said after German rival Sebastian Vettel won in Canada Sunday to take over at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Lorenzo first for Ducati at Mugello
Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo took his first win for Ducati in a home one-two for the Italian team at Mugello Sunday while MotoGP leader Marc Marquez crashed and failed to score.
Spain's Lorenzo wins Italian MotoGP
Spain's Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first MotoGP win of the season riding an Italian bike, a Ducati, at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello on Sunday.
Power completes mission with Indy 500 win
Will Power was on a critical mission Sunday, to finally win the Indianapolis 500 and prove that he belonged amongst the higher echelons of drivers.
Monaco under fire for ‘most boring F1 race ever
The Monaco Grand Prix faced a growing barrage of criticism Monday after Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton described it as “probably the most boring race ever.”
Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment Torahs from one of the world’s oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.
Glimmer of hope for Romanian architectural gems
In a spa town nestled near Romania’s border with Bulgaria and Serbia, Oana Chirila puts on her hard hat and gets down to work with a dozen other young architects to try...
Beyonce, Jay-Z surprise with joint album
Music's most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album late Saturday, a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital...
U2 dedicates song to Anthony Bourdain at Apollo show
U2 frontman Bono honored the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band's special performance Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Plummer on playing a weed dealer at 88
Regal and commanding even in his youth, Christopher Plummer has turned into an even mightier force in old age.
Horsh Beirut celebrates culture for all
Horsh Beirut Festival is set to hold its 8th edition this summer, staging a free cultural festival at the sculpted “pine forest” that is once again a semi-public park.
‘Adrift’: Woman vs. nature tale for the MeToo era
Woman vs. nature. It certainly has a ring to it, especially when the woman wins. But there are far too few such stories in our popular culture, and certainly on our...
Struggling galleries cast shadow over Art Basel
As wealthy VIPs filtered into Art Basel’s imposing halls to view some of the most valuable works in contemporary art, the staff at Frame Art Fair were a kilometer away...
Music's most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album late Saturday, a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital passion.
Armed with poetry and rap, South Sudan's young artists battle for peace
A group of artists and musicians in South Sudan is on a mission - to mobilize young people across the country through music, graffiti and poetry to help bring peace to...
After pro-Trump bravado, Kanye turns inward on album
Kanye West succeeded in rocketing back into the headlines through his stubbornly contrarian lovefest with Donald Trump. But on a new album he offers a reminder of what...
Kanye West holds listening party in Wyoming for new album
Kanye West headed to the mountains to debut his new album, "YE."
'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million
Disney and Pixar's "Incredibles 2" has broken the record for the best animated opening of all time and the biggest for a PG-rated film.
Romantic comedies rise again this summer
Summer is always full of action and superhero flicks, but this year a once dormant yet utterly adored genre is coming back in a big way: the romantic comedy.
Streisand gives early OK to Gaga’s ‘Star’
Barbra Streisand’s “A Star is Born” is being reborn online with scenes she’d cut from the 1976 movie.
‘Overboard’: Another gender-swap remake
Hollywood’s proclivity for gender-swapped retreads is enduring and contentious.
Noted Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who directed orchestras in Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna and London, has died at age 87.
UK to offer Stephen Hawking fellowships
Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honor of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the...
Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: CNN
U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, has died at the age of 61, the network said Friday.
Amal Clooney speaks from the heart as George gets lifetime award
Amal Clooney on Thursday paid unprecedented public tribute to her movie star husband George Clooney, calling him a gentleman, an amazing husband and father and the love...
Kim Jong Un lookalike set to make impression at summit
As the world awaits the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, one man who has risen to prominence for his impressions of the North Korean leader is...
Almost 80 years after the first "Kindertransport" evacuations of Jewish children to safety in Britain, 42 people set off Sunday on a memorial bike ride that will retrace their journey from Berlin to London.
Montevideo: the forgotten capital of tango?
Every night, 69-year-old Edinson chooses one of his 11 pairs of dance shoes, slips into a smart suit and heads out to dance tango in the clubs of Montevideo, a city...
Romania reports African swine fever in backyard pigs
Romania has reported an outbreak of African swine fever among backyard pigs in the southern county of Tulcea, close to the border with Ukraine, the national food safety...
Paraguay declared malaria free amid concerns the disease rising again
Paraguay is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday, making it the first country in the Americas in 45 years to have wiped out the...
NASA rover knocked out as dust storm envelops Mars
NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.
Preach it! Indonesia’s got Ramadan talent
It’s a make or break moment for Indonesian high school student Puteri Ara and her hijab-clad friends as they rap about religious tolerance to a cheering studio audience.
Nigeria’s World Cup
uniforms a bright, trippy hit
Spain, your asymmetry is showing.
Bosnia pizzeria owner switches to free meals
When Asim Latic saw a migrant sitting outside his restaurant on a cold and rainy day last winter, he didn’t think twice before he invited the man in and offered him a...
Romania has reported an outbreak of African swine fever among backyard pigs in the southern county of Tulcea, close to the border with Ukraine, the national food safety authority ANSVSA said Monday.
Gene test shows more breast cancer patients can skip chemo
As many as 70 percent of women with the most common form of breast cancer may be able to skip chemotherapy, based on their score on a genetic test, researchers said...
US blocks UN health panel from backing taxes on sugar drinks
The Trump administration has torpedoed a plan to recommend higher taxes on sugary drinks, forcing a World Health Organization panel to back off the U.N. agency's...
5 dead, nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak
Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five.
Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020
Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other...
Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists
A massive new study finds that Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992.
Rare NY bug sightings draw fans from around the world
Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.
E3 to explore more online multiplayer games
Pulse pounding new video games as well as more ways to enjoy them are at the center of the Electronic Entertainment Expo extravaganza officially kicking off Tuesday.
One of the world’s most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana.
Archaeologists find ancient rock art in Egypt
Egypt says archaeologists have unearthed 3,500-year-old rock art depicting bulls, donkeys and sheep in the Eastern Desert.
Tourists are reliving ancient sport of falconry
Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
10 injured by heavy smoke in Frankfurt Airport vehicle fire
German airline Lufthansa says 10 airport workers have suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation when a vehicle pulling a jet to a gate caught on fire.
Japanese bathhouses: an authentic local culture
Japan is proud of its bathing traditions. For many Westerners, though, the fact that these traditions involve being naked with strangers is awkward at best, even though...
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk gained the support Thursday of more than half a million people on Twitter for plans to create a website evaluating journalists' credibility, spurred by his frustration at media reports about the electric car maker.
Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fix
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has sought to play down a report identifying "big flaws" in its Model 3 sedan, admitting there is a braking issue with the...
Model 3 price hype helps Tesla shares bounce
Shares in Tesla Inc jumped more than 4 percent Monday as investors were encouraged by the company's placing a $78,000 price tag on the fully-loaded version of its Model...
Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.
EU agrees 32 pct renewables target for 2030
EU negotiators agreed Thursday to increase the share of renewables in the bloc's energy production to 32 percent by 2030, a higher target than in draft rules but short...
Thai turtle's plastic-filled stomach highlights ocean crisis
Startling images of plastic shreds, rubber bands and other debris found jammed in the stomach of a green turtle in Thailand have highlighted the crisis of waste-strewn...
Scientists, animal activists: Don't cull Romanian brown bear
Scientists and animal rights groups have urged the Romanian government to rethink its plans to allow the hunting of brown bears.
Rare lynx found in Spain after being released in Portugal
Spanish environmental authorities say they have captured a rare lynx in Catalonia, three years after it was released in Portugal.