Mogadishu, June 26, 2016 (AFP) - A junior minister was among 11 people killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital, the foreign ministry said Sunday.
Orthodox chiefs call for Mideast protection, science dangers
Orthodox church leaders from around the world Sunday called for the protection of religious minorities in the war-torn Middle East at a rare global meeting that also...
ISIS video shows murder of 5 media activists seized in October
A video has emerged showing ISIS militants killing five media activists who worked in an ISIS-held city in eastern Syria.
Turkish police fire tear gas in Istanbul to disperse Gay Pride activists
Turkish police fired tear gas in central Istanbul on Sunday to disperse dozens of activists attempting to gather to mark the annual Gay Pride week after authorities...
4 gunmen rob man in east Lebanon
Four armed men robbed a man in east Lebanon Saturday evening, the state-run National News Agency reported Sunday.
France and Germany should take lead after Brexit: Hollande
France and Germany should "take the initiative" after British voters decided their country should quit the EU, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
Clinton takes lead over Trump, new polls show
Two head-to-head polls released Sunday showed a resurgent Hillary Clinton taking a lead in the US presidential race, after a tumultuous month for Donald Trump, who has...
Spain holds rerun poll amid Brexit after-shocks
Just days after a shock Brexit, Spaniards voted in repeat elections Sunday to decide if they too want a radical shift as promised by a far-left coalition led by Podemos.
Iraq PM visits Fallujah, urges Iraqis to celebrate victory
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged all Iraqis to celebrate the recapture of Fallujah Sunday by the security forces and vowed the national flag would be raised...
Forest fire threatens Turkish resort; tourists evacuated
Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities are evacuating residents and tourists from a resort in the Mediterranean coastal province of Antalya that is being...
Yemen clashes intensify as Ban pushes peace
Aden, June 26, 2016 (AFP) - Fighting between Yemeni government forces and Shiite rebels killed 41 people on several fronts Sunday, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the...
Wahhab to file complaint against Hariri over Iran
Arab Tawhid Party leader Wiam Wahhab Sunday said he would file a complaint against Future Movement head Saad Hariri for offending "friendly" countries, referring to...
Teenager drowns in north Lebanon
A teenager drowned Sunday in a swimming pool in a north Lebanon town, the state’s National News Agency reported.
Hand grenade found in FPM member's home
A hand grenade was found Saturday in the garden of an official belonging to the Free Patriotic Movement in the city of Jbeil, north of Beirut.
Activists protest against privatization of Beirut beach
The We Want Accountability movement held a demonstration Saturday in front of the Beirut Municipality in protest over what they said was an attack on public and...
Britain’s vote to exit the European Union is likely to have a positive short-term impact on Lebanon’s economy, while negative repercussions will only affect Lebanese investors in the real estate and stock markets in the U.K., economists said.
Arab visitors in May up by 22 pct over last year
Arab arrivals to Lebanon increased by 22 percent in May 2016 compared to the same month last year, a statement issued by the Tourism Ministry said Thursday.
Mideast indexes drop in first day of trading post-Brexit
Stocks tumbled in the Middle East Sunday, the first day of trading since Britain voted to leave the European Union, following other market drops in the U.S. and...
Oil glut is fading in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, a country nearly synonymous with plentiful crude supplies, is offering one of the strongest signs yet that the glut that has plagued the oil market since...
Deutsche Bank CEO says London financial center will weaken but won't die
The chief executive of Deutsche Bank says London will not die as a financial center but it will become weaker after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Gas reserves report set to expedite state action
A new technical and geological report showing common offshore gas reserves between Lebanon and Israel is set to speed up the government to place the issue on the front...
Bank accounts restored for hospital, NGO: source
The bank accounts of a hospital and a social welfare group that were closed for suspected links with Hezbollah have been reopened after Central Bank Governor Riad...
Lebanon gets second most remittances in region
Lebanon ranked second on the list of Arab countries receiving remittances in 2015, with money transfers reaching $7.2 billion, said Wissam Fattouh, secretary-general of...
Stocks tumbled in the Middle East Sunday, the first day of trading since Britain voted to leave the European Union, following other market drops in the U.S. and worldwide.
Top economies ease Iran money laundering measures
The world’s major economies Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that Tehran uses its financial sector to protect...
Egypt rejects wheat cargo over fungus
Egypt has rejected another wheat cargo, just as the government looked set to end confusion over how much of the fungus known as ergot would be allowed in imports.
Top economies ease penalties on Iran over money laundering
The world's major economies Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that the Islamic Republic uses its financial sector...
China's finance minister sees 'Brexit' heightening uncertainty for markets
China's policymakers and leading economists on Sunday voiced concerns about Britain's vote to leave the European Union, with the finance minister saying it has...
Central banks will smooth Brexit-driven market moves: BIS head
Major central banks will limit market turbulence as much as possible after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the head of the Bank for International Settlements...
ECB's Villeroy: Brexit talks must be quick, City of London at risk of losing "EU passport"
Talks on Britain leaving the European Union must be carried out quickly to limit uncertainty, ECB Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said Saturday,...
Drinks, drugs and cars: Trade hit by EU vote
Chief executives from Tokyo to Denver Friday prepared for long-term disruption, job cuts and lower profits after Britain’s vote to leave the EU raised widespread fears...
There are winners and there are losers in Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.
The United Kingdom voted Thursday in one of the most crucial polls of our lifetime, one that will determine the future for many generations to come.
The Lebanese civil society bubble
Lebanon has been historically considered a true face of the democratic system in the region.
An unusual Russian attack on U.S. allies
U.S. officials repeatedly say that the United States and Russia share the goal of defeating Daesh (ISIS).
To be fixed, Europe needs a massive wrecking ball
Imagine a young Margaret Thatcher, a politician who deeply mistrusts the political establishment and identifies on a gut level with the frustrations of the middle class.
Body of lies and deceit
Syria, in the five years its war has been raging, has been issued by the United Nations three special envoys: Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi and Staffan de Mistura.
Know your boundaries
Anyone remotely familiar with geography and global affairs can confirm that Bahrain is an independent kingdom that for decades has been a member of the U.N. its...
The gurus of spin in Israel are in action once again – this time to obscure facts and hide behind international organizations such as the United Nations.
A new role for Jordan parliament
King Abdullah II’s May 29 appointment of Hani al-Mulqi, head of the Aqaba Special Economic Region Authority, to replace outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour comes at...
Could a basic income help poor countries?
The old idea of recasting the welfare state by instituting an unconditional universal basic income has lately been capturing imaginations across the political spectrum.
Who’s winning Middle East’s cold war?
A cold war is taking place in a very hot place. A key component of the sectarian competition between Shiite and Sunni Islam in the Middle East is geopolitical, with...
A court case in Egypt worth watching
A fascinating little drama taking place in Egypt now is worth watching for what it might reveal about the popularity of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – but...
Syria the victim of others’ poor statecraft
United States policies in the Middle East have occasionally enjoyed a unified sense of purpose among government agencies in Washington and broad support among the...
Obama’s year of resilience
A year ago this month, President Barack Obama was delivering a eulogy in Charleston, South Carolina, after the mass shooting in a church there.
The silence of the Republicans
Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves.
Hosts France came from behind to beat 10-man Ireland 2-1 and reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals after a tactical switch freed forward Antoine Griezmann to score two second-half goals at Parc OL on Sunday.
Messi, Argentina face Chile in Copa America final rematch
Another year, another final for Lionel Messi and Argentina.
Djokovic, Federer set for Wimbledon semis clash
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seven-time winner Roger Federer Friday were drawn to meet in the semifinals of this year’s Wimbledon which starts Monday.
All England grass a tonic for Tomic
Australia's Bernard Tomic thinks he is playing some of the best grasscourt tennis of his career and is in a good place off the court as he heads into the Wimbledon...
Aussie Simmons taken first in entry draft
Philadelphia selected Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, making the Australian forward the first 76ers top pick since Allen Iverson 20 years...
Wales reach last eight as own goal downs Northern Ireland
Wales reached the quarter-finals of a European Championship for the first time with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland after Gareth McAuley scored an own goal following a...
Messi primed to end Argentina drought
Chile face Argentina in Sunday’s Copa America final for the right to call themselves South America’s dominant team but perhaps an even bigger question for football fans...
Knockout ties will bring out best in Germany: Neuer
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes the world champions can put a slow start to Euro 2016 behind them and thrive under the pressure of knockout football when they...
Djokovic, Murray seeded for Wimbledon final
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are on course for a Wimbledon final showdown after being confirmed as the top two seeds for the grass court Grand Slam.
Armed police to guard Wimbledon as security stepped up
Wimbledon chiefs have revealed armed police will guard the All England Club when the grass-court Grand Slam gets underway on Monday.
Historical fifth Queen’s crown for Andy Murray
Andy Murray made history at Queen’s Club as the defending club champion fought back to win the Wimbledon warm-up event for a record fifth time with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3...
Philadelphia selected Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, making the Australian forward the first 76ers top pick since Allen Iverson 20 years ago
Lin declines Hornets deal, opts for free agency
Jeremy Lin, the NBA's first US player of Chinese or Taiwanese heritage, declined a $2.2 million offer to return to the Charlotte Hornets next season and will become a...
LeBron’s virtuoso Finals effort one for the ages
Just as Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci has the Mona Lisa and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven his Fifth Symphony, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James now...
LeBron makes case for all-time best with historic Finals
LeBron James ensured his place among the NBA's all-time legends by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and has made a solid...
LeBron and champion Cavs get hero's welcome in Cleveland
A beaming LeBron James returned home to wild celebration Monday when he stepped off the Cleveland Cavaliers' team plane carrying the long-coveted NBA title he promised...
Rio de Janeiro will be "the safest city in the world" during the Olympics Games in six weeks time, organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada has insisted.
WADA suspends Rio lab six weeks before Games
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Friday it has suspended the accreditation of its Brazilian doping control laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, just six weeks before...
IAAF issues guidelines on Russian track athletes
The IAAF has issued guidelines for any Russian track and field athletes seeking "exceptional" dispensation to compete in the upcoming Olympics, insisting again that...
Golfer McIlroy pulls out of Rio over Zika fears
Northern Ireland’s four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has decided to pull out of the historic golf tournament at the Rio Olympic Games in August because of health...
McIlroy out of Rio Olympics over Zika concerns
Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying...
Nico Rosberg won the first Formula One race held in Azerbaijan Sunday to turn the championship tide and stretch his lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to 24 points.
Mercedes want a re-think on radio ban
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff has called for a re-think on the radio communications ban that robbed Lewis Hamilton of a chance to fight for a podium finish in Sunday's...
Toyota lead Le Mans into the morning
Toyota led the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race into the morning Sunday after a close battle with champions Porsche through the night at the Sarthe circuit in western...
Toyota battling Porsche as Le Mans enters final stretch
Toyota, seeking their maiden success, and 17-time winners Porsche were battling for Le Mans 24 Hour glory Sunday, with only seconds splitting the teams as the race...
Rosberg on pole in Baku after Hamilton hits wall
Championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for Azerbaijan's first Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday while Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton hit a wall and...
Britain leaving the European Union makes it even more important the bloc presents a united front against growing global challenges, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Sunday.
Swiss Army Man imaginative but imbalanced
Flatulence is a key element of “Swiss Army Man,” but the film isn’t exactly a comedy.
Darth Vader to return in Star Wars spin-off
Cinema’s ultimate villain, Darth Vader, is set to make a comeback with a menacing appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” industry magazine Entertainment Weekly...
Are you ready for some … new music?
Carrie Underwood won’t be “waiting all day for Sunday night” this fall when NBC premieres a new theme song for its prime-time “Sunday Night Football” program.
Jury sides with Led Zeppelin in trial over song 'Stairway to Heaven'
A U.S. jury found Thursday that British rock group Led Zeppelin did not steal the intro to their signature track "Stairway to Heaven" from a long-defunct Los Angeles...
Neon Demon expose of narcissism by Refn
This evening Nicolas Winding Refn has two premieres showing his film “The Neon Demon,” a stylish and perverse thriller about an aspiring teenage model (Elle Fanning).
Singing in one’s mother tongue
It has been customary in this city’s iteration of the Fête de la Musique to program bands from France.
Smithsonian hosts first major U.S. Quran exhibit
The Quran is the centerpiece of a first-of-its-kind exhibition in the U.S. as the Smithsonian displays exquisitely decorated manuscripts from one of the top Quran...
Cinema’s ultimate villain, Darth Vader, is set to make a comeback with a menacing appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” industry magazine Entertainment Weekly said Wednesday.
Walking Dead FX guru spills blood, guts, tricks
He is the God of Gore, the Sultan of Splatter, the Emperor of Entrails – and the brains behind some of film history’s best-known blood and guts set pieces.
Actor Anton Yelchin dies in car accident
Anton Yelchin, a rising young actor who starred as Chekov in the new "Star Wars" film, was killed early Sunday in an automobile accident, his publicist confirmed.
Johnson, Hart say they really had fun
On their first day shooting “Central Intelligence,” their new action comedy, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart were given a difficult scene.
A U.S. jury found Thursday that British rock group Led Zeppelin did not steal the intro to their signature track "Stairway to Heaven" from a long-defunct Los Angeles rock band.
All that glitters is gold: 'Stairway' may be worth millions
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin were reunited Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom as bassist John Paul Jones testified in defense of his bandmates in a high-stakes...
Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' goes on trial
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page appeared in a Los Angeles court for a civil trial that opens on Tuesday in which they are accused of stealing...
Bidders paid a combined total of more than $150,000 for a lock of David Bowie's hair and Prince's iconic "Yellow Cloud" guitar Saturday at a Beverly Hills auction.
Rapper Lil Wayne hospitalized after 2 seizures on plane
Lil Wayne is in stable condition in Omaha after suffering what his publicist described Tuesday as two minor seizures.
'Amadeus' playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90
British playwright Peter Shaffer, who won an Oscar for his film adaptation of "Amadeus," one of his most celebrated stage dramas, died on Monday aged 90, his agent said.
Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling surrenders in child porn case
An actor who starred on the musical dramedy "Glee" surrendered to federal authorities Friday in a child pornography case and is awaiting his first court appearance.
Prince joins a list of stars dead from drug overdoses
A Minnesota medical examiner said Thursday that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller
A Munich confectioner is scoring with Euro 2016-themed cakes, although some of the patisserie predictions are proving a little off target.
American Kennel Club's newest breed: Meet the lively pumi
A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows.
How do you teach human interaction to a robot? Lots of TV
Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve...
Desert scope stakes out supermassive black hole
A desert telescope has focused with unprecedented sharpness on a star circling a supermassive black hole thought to lurk at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, excited...
Designer in the spotlight: Nadine Mneimeneh
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices...
Pot unites businesspeople and hippies at cannabis conference
Men and women in business suits mixed with hippies sporting blazers printed with marijuana leaves Friday during the last day of the Cannabis World Congress and Business...
Promoting abstinence with Togo's 'Virgin Queens'
With her tiara, silky hair and satin dress, Pascaline Boukari Kombate looks like any other beauty queen. But the blue sash she wears with pride tells a different story.
Men's fashion week opens with nod to British seaside
Suits worn over fishnet tops, tiny tailored shorts, loafers and sunburnt noses – Topman Design went to the British seaside for its latest collection Friday, kicking off...
Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve Carell and other sitcom stars.
Heads up! Seoul launches campaign to keep smartphone users safe
Pedestrians glued to their smartphones were given something else to look at this week, as officials in Seoul launched a safety campaign to keep them from walking into...
Slip of the tongue: Chameleon's sticky secret revealed
A stunningly efficient hunter, the chameleon relies on an impressive biological arsenal that includes color-changing camouflage, panoramic vision, and lots of...
Video game makers finding their way in virtual worlds
Wizards duel and players transform into tribal warriors and fierce jaguars -- welcome to the world of virtual reality at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)...
Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.
Alternative Tours Beirut: Discovering the city
Moustafa Fahs might actually know historical dates and the architectural styles of Beirut, but one should not expect a dry lecture when going on one of his guided tours.
Gifts fit for royalty on Father’s Day
Locally made kelims mark Oumnia 10th anniversary
All aboard for the summer’s cruise collections
Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday
Gibraltar: a historic port with more to offer than monkeys
Barbary macaque monkeys are the star attractions in Gibraltar. Still, this historic port town is steeped in military history around the landmark Rock of Gibraltar.
Disney opens theme park in Chinese city of Shanghai
Entertainment giant Disney opened a massive theme park in Shanghai Thursday, hoping to win over communist-ruled China's growing middle class with the ultimate American...
A woodland forest and Shinto shrine in busy Tokyo
Just steps from one of the busiest, most modern parts of Tokyo, it's a soothing surprise to feel like you're in the heart of a primeval forest. It's maybe a bigger...
Kurban Travel: Official partner of the French Embassy in Lebanon for the second year
After the success of 2015, the French embassy in Lebanon has renewed its partnership with Kurban Travel as a preferred travel agency for French Visa facilities for a...
I expect it’s natural that after nearly 20 months of featuring weekly car reviews in The Daily Star, we were bound to eventually come across terms such as “refresh,” “facelift” and “redesign.”
Hyundai’s sleek i20 has mature, stylish looks
Sometimes you’re faced with the most ridiculous situations when you write a car review.
A decade on, Mazda CX-9 still has character
I think I can safely say crossover SUVs have taken over a very big slice of the market in recent years, while SUVs with three rows of seats, or seven-seaters, have...
GM wants to keep steering wheels, pedals in self-drive cars
General Motors chief executive Mary Barra came out strongly Tuesday for regulations requiring the retention of steering wheels and foot pedals in self-driving cars.
Bentayga introduces opulence to SUV segment
The automotive industry in recent years has witnessed a surge in interest in crossovers, a revolution among buyers who are increasingly leaning toward vehicles that...
European scientists announced Thursday they had discovered antibodies which attack Zika, a step they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus.
Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing
An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials.
Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot, says WHO agency
There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say in a reverse of its previous warning, but it...
Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says
Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other...
Kids' sleep guidelines spell out shut-eye guidance by age
Parental warning: Don't lose sleep over new guidelines on how much shut-eye your kids should be getting.