The Lebanese Forces is keen to maintain a good relationship with Saudi Arabia, Information Minister Melhem Riachi said Sunday.
Pope prays for Lebanon's stability
Pope Francis prayed for the stability of Lebanon during a mass held at the Vatican Sunday.
Rescuers battle waves, wind in hunt for missing Argentine sub
A multinational armada of aircraft and vessels battled high winds and giant waves Sunday as they intensified their search for a missing Argentine submarine, after...
EU official backs Spain in fight against Catalan secession
Catalonia's secessionist push is nothing short of a "disaster" that the European Union will work to impede in support of a unified Spain, the European Commission's...
Israel president denies pardon to manslaughter soldier: statement
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday formally rejected a request to pardon a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant,...
Fear in Ain al-Hilweh after shooting death
A Palestinian national died Sunday after being shot by extremist Bilal Badr's personal bodyguard in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, a security source...
Woman dies after being shot in the head
A woman died Sunday after sustaining a gunshot to her head, a security source told The Daily Star.
Macron, Trump talk Lebanon, Hezbollah
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend discussed the current situation in the Middle East and agreed on the need to curb...
A multinational armada of aircraft and vessels battled high winds and giant waves Sunday as they intensified their search for a missing Argentine submarine, after attempted distress calls raised hopes the 44 crew members may still be alive.
Thousands celebrate Rio's gay pride parade
Thousands of revelers are dancing on Copacabana beach to celebrate Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade, despite deep funding cuts by the city.
Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail
President Donald Trump said he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail.
French police officer kills three before committing suicide
A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday formally rejected a request to pardon a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant, Rivlin's office said.
Israeli police resume interview of Netanyahu in corruption probe: report
Israeli police officers Sunday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a corruption probe, Israeli media reported.
15 dead, 5 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco
Moroccan state TV channel 2M reports that at least 15 people have died and 5 others have been injured in a stampede as food aid was being distributed in a southern...
Netanyahu to meet France's Macron on Lebanon crisis
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in early December for talks expected to include developments in Lebanon,...
Algeria stops almost 300 would-be migrants at sea
Algeria's coastguard has intercepted almost 300 Algerians off the North African nation's coast as they tried to reach Europe on several boats, the defense ministry said.
Lebanon-based businessmen who lost enterprises through dealings with members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and others in the kingdom are closely watching a new campaign led by the powerful crown prince targeting officials, princes and tycoons in the oil-rich kingdom, hoping it will help them win back what they lost over the years.
Interbank rates reach 120 percent over crisis
Facing liquidity crunch, same large and small banks are forced to borrow from each other at interest rates that sometimes reach 120 percent, one banker said Friday.
Saudi detainees surrender assets for freedom
Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their...
Erdogan takes aim at Turkey central bank over interest rates
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday lashed out at Turkey’s central bank over its refusal to cut interest rates, prompting new losses for the embattled Turkish lira...
Britain to submit 'Brexit bill' proposal before December EU meeting
Britain will submit its proposals on how to settle its financial obligations to the European Union before an EU Council meeting next month, finance minister Philip...
Torbey: $20B investment plan in motion
The head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Joseph Torbey said Lebanon is diligently striving to implement $20 billion infrastructure investments over the next few...
Investors near deal on prince’s hotel: source
A group of Lebanese and Arab investors are about to close a deal to buy Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s stake in Beirut’s Four Seasons Hotel for more than $110 million, a...
Jaber looks beyond chaos to oil-rich future
Before Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation plunged Lebanese politics into chaos, the government was actually getting things done.
Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said.
Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources
Saudi Arabian authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for...
Big Dubai share sale raises $1.3 billion
Emaar Properties PJSC raised 4.82 billion dirhams ($1.31 billion) from selling a 20 percent stake in its United Arab Emirates development business, pricing the initial...
Turkish, Iraqi officials discuss resuming Kirkuk oil exports
A Turkish energy delegation has met with Iraqi top oil officials in Baghdad to discuss issues including the resumption of Kirkuk oil exports via the Turkish port of...
Britain will submit its proposals on how to settle its financial obligations to the European Union before an EU Council meeting next month, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday.
UK's Hammond, under pressure on budget, promises more homes
British finance minister Philip Hammond promised to speed up house building in his new budget plan this week and said he had some room to help voters despite his tight...
Oil giants unlikely to share coal’s fate, for now
The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund’s proposal to ditch its oil and gas shares, though hugely symbolic in the battle against climate change, is unlikely to cause a rush...
Bitcoin not worth the wager: investors
Bitcoin may have surged a staggering 700 percent since the start of the year but most investors at a Reuters Summit this week said they had not been tempted to play the...
U.S. tax cut plans may spur rush, then slump
Slashing taxes may give the U.S. economy a temporary boost but the “sugar rush” may cause deeper problems ahead, investors at the Reuters Global Investment 2018 Outlook...
France’s involvement in Lebanese affairs goes back a century, with successive French governments displaying numerous initiatives over the years as honest brokers for our country, and in many cases acting as a safety net for several governments and politicians.
The real debate
After almost two weeks of rising tensions and vagueness surrounding Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sojourn in Saudi Arabia, concerted efforts and contacts at the highest...
Slicker, shinier doesn’t always mean better
From the pocket calculator to the Prius, I’ve always been what they call an “early adopter.”
Circular 352: Right to build or its lack?
Circular 352 issued by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk allowing citizens from across the country to construct structures of up to three stories high violates the most...
Saudi political explosions risk collateral damage
Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help...
Calm leads to clarity
The Lebanese theater is overflowing with players reading from conflicting scripts with active audience participation, a situation that impedes the universal request for...
Dissociate in deed
Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s well-being has now been established in a number of ways.
The remedy is clear
The message that Prime Minister Saad Hariri sent in his interview in Riyadh over the weekend was clear and simple.
Administrative gap that makes refugee children ‘illegal’
Aysha turned 15 and stopped going to school.
Lebanon is commemorating the 74th memory of its Independence in the middle of an unprecedented situation in which its independence and sovereignty are questioned like...
The moral urgency of mental health
If we can prevent great suffering at no cost to ourselves, we ought to do so.
Nearly two weeks after the double political explosion that rocked Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman appears to be doing damage control in ways that may help stabilize Saudi Arabia and the region.
Could the crown prince unleash a storm?
Saudi Arabia risks committing the original sin of modern Middle East politics – fighting its regional wars in Lebanon and driving that fragile country once again toward...
China sees opportunity in U.S. decline
While news and analysis in America continue to be obsessed with Donald Trump’s daily antics and insults, halfway around the world, something truly historic just happened.
Will Trump back down or double down?
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s comprehensive documentary series on the Vietnam War is filled with the stories and voices of ordinary soldiers on all sides of the conflict.
Caen striker Ronny Rodelin scored a last-minute goal with an acrobatic volley to salvage a 1-1 draw against Nice in the French league Sunday.
Marcelino dismissed but Valencia keep pressure on Barca
Valencia coach Marcelino was sent off from the dugout for dissent before watching his side earn a barely deserved 2-0 win at Espanyol to stay in touch with Barcelona...
Murray doesn't need new coach says Henman
Andy Murray doesn't need to hire a new coach following his latest split with Ivan Lendl, according to former British number one Tim Henman.
Goffin sets up Federer semi at ATP Finals
David Goffin pummelled his good friend Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the ATP Finals Friday, where he will have the daunting task of facing...
Celtics stretch win streak to 14
Rallying from a 17-point deficit, the Boston Celtics stretched their win streak to 14 games by beating Golden State 92-88 Thursday in a showdown of the NBA’s top teams.
Schalke soar to second in Germany: Football
Goals by strikers Franco di Santo and Guido Burgstaller sealed Schalke 04's 2-0 win over Hamburg Sunday as the Royal Blues climbed to second place in the Bundesliga.
We shut some mouths, roars Bellerin after derby win
Hector Bellerin says Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the north London derby has silenced the doubters.
Football: Real Madrid confirm Ramos nose break
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had his nose broken in a bad-tempered Madrid derby at Atletico Madrid tests confirmed on Sunday.
Federer stays perfect in London
Roger Federer went through round-robin play at the ATP Finals undefeated for the 10th time as he returned to haunt Marin Cilic with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1 win at the O2...
Dimitrov storms into last four at ATP Finals
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov raced into the semifinals of the ATP Finals with a 6-0, 6-2 demolition of David Goffin Wednesday.
Czech police shelve knife attack on Kvitova
Czech police said Thursday they had shelved investigation into last year's knife attack on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, which had put her career at stake.
Harden, Rockets score 90 in 1st half and rout Suns 142-116
James Harden looked up at the halftime totals Thursday night and couldn't believe what he saw, despite how well he and the Houston Rockets had shot the ball.
Irving leads Celtics to 13th straight win
Masked man Kyrie Irving scored 25 points to lead the Boston Celtics to their 13th consecutive NBA victory Tuesday with a 109-102 triumph at Brooklyn.
LeBron rallies Cavaliers over Knicks
LeBron James scored 23 points and reserve guard Kyle Korver added 21 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 24-point deficit Monday to edge the New York Knicks...
Gobert to Waiters: 'It's not my feelings, it's my knee'
Rudy Gobert believes he has every right to be upset after sustaining a leg injury that's expected to keep him out at least four weeks.
A 60-year-old British sailor has died after falling overboard during the Clipper round-the-world yacht race, organizers said.
Thai boxing champion opens MMA center
Acclaimed fighter Ali Makhzoum laid down his gloves nearly a decade ago to coach aspiring Lebanese fighters full time.
Legendary Turkish Olympic champion Suleymanoglu dies
Turkey's legendary triple Olympic gold medal-winning weightlifting champion Naim Suleymanoglu, dubbed the "pocket Hercules" for generating huge power from his...
Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight
Deontay Wilder can't wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring.
He's just not sure when it's going to happen.
Russian TV will 'not show Winter Olympics' if team banned
Russian state television said Friday it would not broadcast the Winter Olympics from South Korea next year if the Russian team is banned from the games over doping.
Belgium's Thierry Neuville won the season-ending Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour Sunday to clinch second place in the World Rally Championship.
Mikkelsen leads Rally Australia after 'perfect day'
Defending champion Andreas Mikkelsen was the early leader of the season-ending Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour on Friday after winning five of the opening eight stages.
Vettel wins in Brazil, Hamilton takes fourth
Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his world championship disappointment in fine style Sunday when he won a sunlit Brazilian Grand Prix for Ferrari.
Marquez joins greats with fourth world title
Spanish ace Marc Marquez clinched a fourth MotoGP world title Sunday to join an elite club of riders after finishing third at a tense season-ending Valencia Grand Prix.
Matt Kenseth wins and Keselowski earns championship berth
Matt Kenseth doesn't get to end his career the way he hoped. He thinks he's got a handful of good years left in him, and can win races and compete for championships.
Egyptian police on Saturday arrested a pop singer known as Shyma after she appeared in a music video in lingerie while suggestively eating a banana, officials said.
Shining a light on Asfourieh’s ruins
Lebanese photographer Chaghig Arzoumanian’s first photo book “On Fools and Lands,” sheds light on the history of Lebanon’s first mental health hospital, commonly known...
'Despacito' sweeps Latin Grammys -- and heads to Asia
'Despacito," the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song -- the...
Green Day releases greatest hits album spanning 30 years
Green Day released a massive greatest hits album on Friday, but the trio isn't saying "Good Riddance" anytime soon
'Justice League' takes top spot, but still falls short at box office
It might have scored top of the box office, but "Justice League" didn't have the super opening weekend predicted, falling short of expectations with takings of $96...
New Chandler story chastises medical industry
A newly discovered Raymond Chandler story has everything from an indictment of the medical industry to some mysterious scribble.
Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins top prize
A powerful account of what happened to a “harki” family who sided with the French during Algeria’s war of independence has won France’s most lucrative book prize.
The genius beneath Beuys’ hat
The black-and-white scene opens upon a wiry man in a hat – the sort of headgear common in gangster movies – as he walks on set.
'Despacito," the viral dance hit that swept past borders, won big Thursday at the Latin Grammys where singer Luis Fonsi announced a new frontier for the song -- the Chinese-speaking world.
Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever
Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers' just completed global tour, the band's promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history
CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments
The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a...
The guitar maker of Kinshasa: Father of a unique sound
In 2010, a group of Kinshasa street musicians, several of them left paraplegic by childhood polio, caused a sensation in Europe.
Calling themselves Staff Benda Bilili,...
It might have scored top of the box office, but "Justice League" didn't have the super opening weekend predicted, falling short of expectations with takings of $96 million, according to industry estimates released Sunday.
Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22’
George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialized adaptation of “Catch-22,” Paramount Television announced, nearly 20 years after he left hit show “ER”...
‘Disaster Artist’ seeks to celebrate a flop
When James Franco set out to direct “The Disaster Artist,” a faux behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Room” – often called one of the worst films ever made –...
Stewart dives into grief in directorial debut
Kristen Stewart’s directing ambitions go all the way back to when she was an 11-year-old performing in the 2002 David Fincher thriller “Panic Room.”
Amazon to do ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series
In what may be its biggest and most expensive move yet to draw viewers to its streaming and shopping club Prime, Amazon.com Inc. has purchased the global television...
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old.
AC/DC's Malcolm Young a true rock 'n' roll pioneer
Unassuming and down-to-earth, Malcolm Young did not appear to embody the typical characteristics of a hard-rocking megastar guitarist.
'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday hospitalized: media
Rocker Johnny Hallyday, frequently described as a French Elvis Presley, is being treated in a Paris hospital for respirator difficulties, French television station BFM...
'Weinstein Effect' goes global as powerful men confronted
The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein that rocked Hollywood and sparked a flurry of allegations in other American industries, as well...
George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss respond in harassment scandal
George Takei took to Twitter Saturday to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script,...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the weeks since dozens of women have accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape or sexual harassment, unleashing an avalanche of similar charges against other prominent men across American life, women and men of color have been largely absent from the national furor.
Prince Charles’ vision spurs new Cornwall village
In his long wait to become Britain’s king, Prince Charles has pursued his passion for architecture.
U.S. scientists try at gene-editing in the body
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease.
Guidelines change high blood pressure thresholds
New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.
Fashion week starts, pencils and mummy stockings
Opulence and cultural syncretism took center stage Wednesday in Beirut Fashion Week’s first show – a collection entitled “Magic Elements” by Lebanese designer Amal...
Victoria’s Secret gala hits snag in China
Top U.S. fashion model Gigi Hadid Friday pulled out of the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai after an online video showing her apparently making a...
East Coast coyotes becoming more ‘wolflike’
The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the “wolves” of the East Coast. And...
Subbuteo becomes art form
Hidden away down a drab side street in Milan’s gray suburbs, the little figures lined up in the dusty window of a local ceramic workshop add a welcome dash of a color...
Daytime wounds heal twice as fast: study
Body clocks cause wounds such as cuts and burns sustained during the day to heal around 60 percent faster than those sustained at night.
Boy with rare disease gets brand new skin with gene therapy
Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate...
Risk of breast cancer's return looms for 20 years: study
Women who are treated for a kind of breast cancer that is fueled by the hormone estrogen face a substantial risk of the cancer returning, even 20 years later,...
Opulence and cultural syncretism took center stage Wednesday in Beirut Fashion Week’s first show – a collection entitled “Magic Elements” by Lebanese designer Amal Azhari.
Make the cut: Women donate hair for cancer patient wigs
Women gathered at Le Spot Mall in Sidon over the weekend to donate their hair to make wigs for cancer patients during an event held for cancer awareness month.
Rapid development threatens public land
Two towering cliffs, thick with trees and shrubbery that clamber up the steep vertical limestone, frame a valley below, forming a gateway from the outskirts of a small...
The United Nations on Friday closed the first-ever talks on fully autonomous weapons, with experts warning that time was running out to set rules for the use of the machines dubbed "killer robots".
Close new Earth-size world, where year lasts under 10 days
Astronomers have discovered a close new world about the size of Earth, where a year lasts just under 10 days
Supplies headed to space station after Virginia launch
A load of supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia's eastern shore
Future is about change: 10 days with iPhone X
The future of the smartphone means breaking old habits.
Face-to-face with Nest’s smart security camera
Nest’s new home security camera is supposed to be so smart that it can identify people it’s been introduced to.
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on U.K. roads by 2021, in his budget speech Wednesday.
Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck.
A world without cars? What of the economy?
A few days ago, after arriving late to work because of traffic, which happened to be more congested than the usual ludicrous amount, I had an interesting conversation...
Save your sanity with these urban warriors
I think the first article on this page makes it abundantly clear that I will resist any shift away from driver-operated private cars, especially as I see automobiles as...
Purchasing a car awakens our ‘stupid’ gene
Human beings are truly extraordinary creatures, not just for how far they’ve come since they first managed to stand on two legs – let’s ignore a certain president until...