Social media are being credited with democratizing the landscape of fashion in London and New York.
Bomb case is latest hardship for NJ’s Muslims
At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,000 people each Friday for communal prayers, the talk is about how this year is different.
Gulen’s U.S. network facing pressure
A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim preacher the Turkish government blames for...
Just 30 doctors remain in eastern Aleppo
Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped...
Lebanese doubt president will emerge
As lawmakers prepare to head to Parliament to try to elect a president Wednesday, many Lebanese say they are not optimistic about the 45th attempt to end the...
Germany: U.K. must allow EU defense reforms
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she did not expect Britain to block a Franco-German initiative to deepen military cooperation among the 27 remaining...
Hollande vows to shut down Calais camp this year
The migrant camp in Calais must be fully dismantled by the end of the year, French President Francois Hollande said Monday, addressing a major issue for his Socialist...
FBI cites rise in murder, violent crime in 2015
The number of murders reported by local law enforcement agencies jumped by more than 10 percent in 2015 from the year before, according to crime data released Monday by...
A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim preacher the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of Gulen’s movement, and public records reviewed by Reuters.
Sisi defends military’s economic role
Egypt’s president Monday rejected criticism that the military’s growing economic involvement was distracting it from its core duties, an issue that recently moved...
Weapons in Aleppo are devastating for civilians
Syrian and Russian airstrikes on Aleppo have prompted accusations of war crimes over claims they involve sophisticated weaponry that can have a devastating effect in...
Coalition prefers Yemen settlement to short truce
The Arab-led coalition fighting in support of Yemen’s government would prefer a broad political settlement to a cease-fire, its spokesman said Monday.
As lawmakers prepare to head to Parliament to try to elect a president Wednesday, many Lebanese say they are not optimistic about the 45th attempt to end the presidential vacuum, now in its third year.
Bulgaria court delays trial over Israeli bombing
The trial over a deadly 2012 bombing of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, due to start Monday, has been pushed back to November because of a procedural error, prosecutors...
Army arrests five in north Lebanon for drugs, arms
The Army Monday announced the arrest of five people for possession of arms and drugs in separate incidents in the country’s north.
Education delegation visits MP Bahia Hariri
A delegation from the Public Secondary Schools Association Monday visited MP Bahia Hariri, the head of the Parliamentary Education Committee, the National News Agency...
Honorary celebration held for slain servicemen’s kin
A lunch was held in honor of the families of killed Army members in the Noncommissioned Officers Club in Fayyadieh under the patronage of the Army commander Gen. Jean...
Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced Monday a decision that would block companies from importing certain produce without prior approval, in an apparent response to demands by local farmers struggling to sell their products.
Economic sectors to delay sit-in over protest overlap
Representatives of economic sectors Monday issued a statement suspending their sit-in which was planned to take place Thursday.
Citigroup accelerates Saudi return plans
More than a decade after quitting Saudi Arabia, Citigroup Inc. is winning more high-profile deals in the kingdom and quietly plans to compete for more.
Leviathan partners sign Jordan deal
Partners in Israel’s largest natural gas reservoir, the Leviathan field, signed an export agreement with Natural Electric Power Co. of Jordan.
How will Twitter’s suitors reap its value?
Twitter may finally be running out of time.
Scoopcity: Glitz and glam, all half-price
The slowdown in economic activity and decline in the number of tourists coming to Lebanon in the past few years has weighed heavily on hotels, restaurants and providers...
Hakim: Deadlock damaging the economy
Resigned Economy Minister Alain Hakim called upon officials to speed up the election of a Lebanese president in a bid to save the deteriorating economy.
Salameh: Banks must implement anti-terror rules
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh Thursday emphasized the need for banks in the region to implement all international regulations in the fight against money laundering...
‘Super rate hike’ still seen in Egypt
Egypt’s central bank, which unexpectedly left borrowing costs unchanged last week, is keeping its powder dry for what one economist called a “super” rate increase.
Riyadh injects $5.3B to ease bank crunch
Saudi Arabia’s central bank stepped up efforts to support lenders in the Arab world’s biggest economy as they grapple with the effects of low oil prices. Banks’ shares...
Iran downplays chances of oil deal but UAE keen on freeze
Iran downplayed Monday the chances of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers clinching an output-restraint deal in Algeria this week even though several other members of the...
No sign of oil freeze at home as Russia meets OPEC
As Russian energy minister Alexander Novak flies to Algeria this week for talks with OPEC on output cuts, developments at home indicate non-OPEC Russia is not preparing...
Will the yen or dollar swing on US debate?
Here are the key questions for markets and investors this week.
EU firms offer Britain scant support in divorce
More than 20 European business associations and companies interviewed by Reuters say they back their governments’ position that Britain’s banking sector can only enjoy...
Europe shares pare best week in months on worries
Signs that Europe’s recovery is struggling and investors rushing to sell company stakes put a halt to this week’s rally in European shares.
The relentless and brutal bombing campaign that the city of Aleppo is currently subjected to could not be possible without the Syrian regime’s Russian partner.
Write at your own peril
Writers, thinkers and of course journalists remain the helots of our region and the adage that the pen is mightier than the sword has yet to reach our shores, while...
Brazil after Dilma: A reason for optimism
A year ago, Dilma Rousseff, the former president of Brazil, and Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, were involved in a public duel that...
Syria cease-fire: Is the situation beyond hope?
The United States and Russia have little chance of resurrecting the fragile Syria cease-fire, said Frederic C. Hof, director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri...
The center can still hold
It was the annual gathering of world leaders in New York last week, and for most of them, it was time for group therapy.
News reports Thursday carried Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s comments at the U.N. defending the brutal bombardment of Syrian rebel areas, urging that any letup...
Theater of the absurd
For some the Syrian war is an unintelligible quagmire. In fact, it is a kaleidoscope of massacres, atrocities and war crimes, divided by rivers of blood.
Quest for corruption
The Lebanese Constitution guarantees the right to protest and does so with clear but fair stipulations on how they are prepared and conducted, asking that licenses be...
A year ago, Dilma Rousseff, the former president of Brazil, and Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, were involved in a public duel that threatened the pillars of the republic.
Morocco’s tensions play out in the media
As Morocco’s parliamentary elections approach on Oct. 7, tensions between the Islamist-led government and its opponents are rising.
Global citizenship: No more hatred
Since 1914, the world has seen two world wars and is still witnessing several territorial and international conflicts.
Chaaban responds to Chehayeb on waste crisis
Following is Dr. Jad Chaaban’s reply to Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb’s statement that was published in the Sept. 23 issue of The Daily Star.
NKorean threat may be next president’s first test
North Korea’s latest nuclear test triggered diplomatic aftershocks in Asia – and a growing concern that the volatile regime in Pyongyang may pose the first big test for...
Why Trump’s dealmaking could be dangerous
Consider two quotations, the first engraved in modern history and the other less than a week old, and ask yourself what they have in common.
Trump’s performance at foreign policy forum
Donald Trump is shifting to “responsible candidate” mode now, so his remarks on foreign policy last week sounded relatively restrained – until you begin parsing the...
Rice follows Kissinger’s playbook in China
Susan Rice is the latest national security adviser to inherit the framework of Sino-American relations that was created in 1972 by Henry Kissinger: The Chinese ever...
The grass is getting greener in Spanish football.
Totti still produces the magic, even at 40
As hard as he tries, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti is unlikely to convince fans this week that Francesco Totti is just another player for the Serie A giants.
Serena will be back warns new number one Kerber
Newly minted world number one Angelique Kerber warned Sunday that Serena Williams will come back strong after the German stripped her of her long-held position atop the...
Wozniacki ends Radwanska reign to reach Tokyo final
Caroline Wozniacki outlasted Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6 7-5 6-4 in a dog fight of a semi-final at the Pan Pacific Open Saturday to end the Pole's reign at the Ariake...
Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans...
Disgruntled Ronaldo eyes more records
Disgruntled Cristiano Ronaldo could make more Champions League history Tuesday as his Real Madrid side look to end their losing streak at high-flying Borussia Dortmund.
PSG defender sentenced to jail for police assault
Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier was sentenced to two months in jail Monday for assaulting a police officer following an incident outside a Paris nightclub in...
Atletico injuries overshadow Griezmann winner
Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid’s hero once more with the winner as last season’s Champions League finalists moved third in La Liga with a 1-0 win over 10-man...
Newly minted world number one Angelique Kerber warned Sunday that Serena Williams will come back strong after the German stripped her of her long-held position atop the rankings.
France's top women cleared, Paire ban extended
A ban on France's top two women tennis players Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia for their behaviour at the Rio Olympics was lifted by the French Tennis...
Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury
Serena Williams announced Friday that she has pulled out of two forthcoming tournaments in China citing an ongoing shoulder injury
Davis Cup, Fed Cup get set for revamp
The Davis Cup and Fed Cup will be revamped with neutral venues planned for the finals and the current best-of-five sets format for men possibly ditched, organizers said...
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans who have backed him since 1995
Kaepernick, 49ers teammate kneel during national anthem
While a naval officer sang the first notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin...
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy capped a stunning comeback with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole to win the season-ending Tour Championship Sunday, along with FedExCup honours and the mind-boggling $10 million bonus.
Moore earns final U.S. Ryder Cup captain’s pick
Ryan Moore was named the final member of the United States Ryder Cup team Sunday, a consolation prize after he lost a playoff two hours earlier at the Tour Championship.
Golfing great Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans to the game at the dawn of the age of televised sport, died of heart...
Palmer remembered as ‘King of the fairways
Following is reaction to the death of golfing great Arnold Palmer Sunday: JACK NICKLAUS, LONGTIME FRIEND AND RIVAL “Arnold transcended the game of golf.
Levy beats Fisher in European Open playoff
France’s Alexander Levy edged Ross Fisher in a tense playoff to secure the European Open title at Bad Griesbach in Germany Sunday.
Marc Marquez extended his lead in the MotoGP world championship as he beat out title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to claim victory at the Aragon Grand Prix Sunday.
Marquez seeks to hold off rivals in Aragon
MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez is hoping home comforts can steer him closer to sealing a third world title when a wide-open season returns to Spain at...
Rosberg a winner among several big champions
Nico Rosberg drew level with Damon Hill in Formula One’s all-time list of race winners Sunday and the odds are narrowing on the German matching the Briton again as the...
F1 can’t be a ‘dictatorship’: new boss
New chairman Chase Carey said Formula One cannot continue as a “dictatorship,” as speculation grows over the role of long-term supremo Bernie Ecclestone under the...
Rosberg back on top after Singapore thriller
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after a pole to flag win in...
The first thing you see hung in “Beyond Writing,” the exhibition of work by calligrapher, critic and poet Samir Sayegh now up at Plan Bey, is a 19-print series called “Sufi Quotes.”
Syrian poet Adonis: Poetry ‘can save Arab world
Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender for the Nobel literature prize, says religious fanaticism is “destroying the heart of the...
A brief history of traumatizing celebrity divorce
As long as there’s been a Hollywood, there’s been scandalous Hollywood divorce.
Unfazed Corey Feldman planning return to ‘Today’
After being widely ridiculed for a music performance on the “Today” show, Corey Feldman didn’t seek solace from drugs or alcohol.
Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in...
Account of Monet’s last work a chronicle of war
Anyone who has stood before Claude Monet’s monumental water lily paintings may recall feeling dissolved into their world of ineffable light and seemingly perfect...
Fitzgerald’s final stories to be published
The final unpublished short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose book “The Great Gatsby” provided an iconic depiction of the excesses of America’s Jazz Age, will see...
Blair Witch sequel gets lost in woods
People will have different reactions to the new “The Blair Witch Project” sequel.
FBI says it’s evaluating Pitt abuse allegations
The FBI is gathering information about an incident involving actor Brad Pitt and his family aboard a private flight last week, the agency confirmed Thursday.
Madame Tussauds separates figures of Pitt, Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split is a literal one at several Madame Tussauds wax museums.
Cotillard denies role in Jolie, Pitt split
French actress Marion Cotillard has denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will...
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in the developing world.
Brown released from jail on $250,000 bail
Los Angeles police have released singer Chris Brown from custody after arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.
A Pakistan-born actor has been sacked from Britain's most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called Sunday "entirely unacceptable, racially offensive" comments about Indians on social media.
UK police arrest man in hacking of Pippa Middleton's phone
London police say they have arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and...
Buckwheat Zydeco, who took genre mainstream, dead at 68
Buckwheat Zydeco, the accordion player who found an unexpected mainstream audience with the danceable genre of Louisiana's Creole community, died Saturday. He was 68.
Cotillard's partner slams 'stupid' Pitt fling rumours
The partner of French actress Marion Cotillard has hit out at the "stupid and baseless accusations" that she helped cause the split between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
FBI launches probe of Brad Pitt amid child abuse allegations
The FBI has opened an investigation of Brad Pitt, amid news reports that the Hollywood actor's abusive behavior toward his children was what led wife Angelina Jolie to...
Hollywood icon Lauren Hutton joined Gigi Hadid on the catwalk as the world of glamour united across the generations to celebrate 50 years of venerated Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta in Milan Saturday.
African elephants suffer worst drop in 25 years
Africa’s elephant population fell around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said...
China begins operating world's largest radio telescope
China has begun operating the world's largest radio telescope to help search for extraterrestrial life.
Scholars who put pants on rats win Ig Nobel prize
A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal...
MBC to launch Project Runway Middle East
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...
Gigi Hadid fends off assailant between turns
This was already Gigi Hadid’s season. She drew crowds outside the Max Mara shop on opening day of Milan Fashion Week, and indulged fans with selfies.
Giant Slow Food festival kicks off in Italy
One of the world’s biggest gourmet food and wine fairs opened Thursday in Turin, with this year’s edition taking its tasting sessions, workshops and street food parties...
London commuters put at ease with quotes, humor
The daily grind of London commuting is being brightened by a collection of black marker pens and whiteboards – giving city dwellers a welcome boost as they travel...
Snapchat debuts recording 'Spectacles,' changes company name
Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product
Rosetta to end epic trek with comet crash landing
After 12 years chasing a comet across over 6 billion kilometers of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on...
Google takes aim at rivals with 'smart' messaging app
Google took aim Wednesday at the red-hot mobile messaging market, with a new artificial intelligence-powered Allo app that seeks to compete with popular rivals such as...
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.
Aivazian opens first Middle East exhibition
Third cancer charity fundraising Bazaar
September brings with it the end of summer and that back-to-school feeling. It also brings Beirut back to life with interesting events on the horizon, a highlight being...
Bonny Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s Isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden.
Japan choosing 88 animation travel spots to boost tourism
Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism – using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly...
Arabs flee Gulf heat for Alps, despite veil ban
While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis,” a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in...
Paris comes to Asia's casino hub Macau with new Sands resort
The southern Chinese casino gambling powerhouse of Macau is getting a French twist.
British tea booming in China
Ji Mengyu sinks into a soft chair with her cup of tea to the sound of tinkling teaspoons and light chatter.
With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the coming months, The Daily Star, in anticipation of the widely awaited event, would like to offer its readers a taste of some of the more remarkable models that are expected to be unveiled at one of the world’s premier car shows.
Hyundai’s Grand i10: The subcompact that could
As it turns out, being in your 40s means you carry a lot of misconceptions with you that extend to cars.
Toyota Camry 2016, sensible and practical choice
I suppose it was inevitable that at some point I would cover the sort of car that seems to appeal to the vast majority of commuters.
Uber launches groundbreaking driverless car service
Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service Wednesday, jumping ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionize...
Silicon Valley online course to mint self-driving car engineers
Silicon Valley is creating a crash course in self-driving car technology to address a shortage of engineers with help from a startup in a different field: online...
In Japan, it’s called “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing.
How halal food became a $20B hit in America
Sometimes, culinary trends move in sync with political ones. Sauerkraut was renamed “liberty cabbage” when the U.S. was at war with Germany, and a more recent...
Study details sugar industry attempt to shape science
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease - in part by pointing the finger at fat - as early as the 1960s, according to...
Eczema, hay fever linked to early antibiotic use
Babies given antibiotics in the first two years of life are more likely to develop allergies as adults, according to an extensive analysis of past clinical studies...
Want to detect gluten on the go? There’s a device
A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go.