When Daesh (ISIS) militants brutally invaded her hometown of Kobani in Syria, Shorash didn’t initially see it as a career opportunity.
Decline of ancient trade route deepens Yemen woes
Captains of small wooden dhows are carrying food and wares from the United Arab Emirates to war-torn Yemen.
Maduro’s awkward TV shows raise hackles
A single mom tells Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, on live television that she cannot afford to adequately feed her four kids, and he quickly changes the subject...
Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade
Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a...
AUB unwittingly violated U.S. sanctions
The American University of Beirut agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil lawsuit after being accused of assisting three organizations linked to Hezbollah, U.S....
U.S. coalition investigating Mosul airstrike
The U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh (ISIS) is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than...
Yemen rebel missile kills Saudi soldier
A Saudi soldier was killed by a missile fired by rebels in Yemen that struck a military base near the border, the Interior Ministry said Friday.
Rebel group fights at home, talks in Geneva
Syrian rebel group Failaq al-Rahman is in the thick of a new offensive in Damascus but is also participating in peace talks with the government in Geneva this week.
A single mom tells Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, on live television that she cannot afford to adequately feed her four kids, and he quickly changes the subject to joke about her foreign-sounding name, Joandry Smith.
Putin hosts Le Pen in Kremlin
President Vladimir Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin Friday, bestowing a level of international recognition that...
Concerns about Ivanka the ‘nonemployee’
President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don’t call...
London attacker wasn’t seen as threat
Before he killed at least four people in Britain’s deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a...
The American University of Beirut agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil lawsuit after being accused of assisting three organizations linked to Hezbollah, U.S. federal prosecutors said Thursday.
ISF raid cocaine factory in Zahle, arrest three
The Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch raided a cocaine factory in the outskirts of Zahle in east Lebanon, a security source told The Daily Star.
STL defense pokes holes in Platt testimony
Defense counselor Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse contested Friday the legitimacy of evidence used by expert witness Gary Platt as well as the accuracy of his former...
Ex-Press Federation head Baalbaki laid to rest
Former chair of the Press Federation Mohammad Baalbaki was laid to rest Friday in the presence of officials and religious figures.
U.N. officials meet with Aoun before summit
President Michel Aoun received U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag and U.N. Deputy Special Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini in Baabda Friday ahead the Arab...
The Agriculture Ministry said Friday that Lebanon hadn’t received any contaminated Brazilian meat and has banned imports from the institutions involved in the meat scandal.
Spoiled Brazilian meat didn't reach Lebanon: ministry
The Agriculture Ministry Friday said that the Lebanon hadn’t received any contaminated Brazilian meat in an attempt to quell public concerns over the recent meat...
Tunisia pushes ‘economic emergency’ bill
Tunisia is drafting an “economic emergency” bill that will let the government bypass bureaucratic hurdles and speed up large-scale projects as it seeks to boost growth...
Only one kind of trader doing well in Egypt
Since Egypt devalued its currency, life in Cairo has gotten a lot easier if you sell stocks for a living – and a lot harder if you sell fruit.
Europe’s financial lifeline from London in doubt
For companies in the European Union, London is the chief gateway to finance. Rerouting the financial lines that run through London will be complex, experts say.
Regie raised tobacco prices to stop illegal gains
The Regie raised the prices of tobacco in anticipation of the government’s decision to impose taxes on this commodity in the aim of controlling the market and...
Replacing Salameh would be risky, experts say
The debate has intensified in the past few weeks over whether Riad Salameh should remain at the helm of the prestigious Central Bank for another six years at a time...
Demand for properties rose 4.9 pct in 2016: study
A study said the demand for real estate in Lebanon showed some improvement in 2016 compared to 2015 but this growth was still lower the annual averages for 2010-2015.
Tunisia is drafting an “economic emergency” bill that will let the government bypass bureaucratic hurdles and speed up large-scale projects as it seeks to boost growth and create jobs, a senior official said.
The West Bank wants tourists
And now a message from the Palestinian Authority: Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, enjoy some savory hummus and stuffed grape leaves, and please, please, please spend...
Turkey freezes plan to sell $10B in seized firms
Turkey put on hold a plan to sell almost 600 companies worth about $10 billion that were seized in the aftermath of a failed military coup, according to two people with...
Saudi Arabia rating cut by Fitch
Saudi Arabia’s creditworthiness was cut a level by Fitch Ratings, which said low oil prices were worsening public and external finances.
Smartphone maker Samsung backs away from split
The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung, assailed by a shambolic recall and embroiled in South Korea’s wide-ranging corruption scandal, backed away from a planned...
Eurozone lights way for ECB pullback
If the latest surveys of business intentions are to be believed, the eurozone economy is sparkling, growing at a pace that easily explains the hints from some European...
Is the dollar overvalued? Depends how you view it
As doubts grow over whether the dollar will resume the rally that took it to 14-year highs against other major currencies early this year, at least one measure seems to...
Letter to editor from the Brazilian ambassador
I write to you with regard to the news published at the “Daily Star” concerning the investigations in Brazil on the quality of the meat.
One cannot but condemn Wednesday’s attack in Westminster, the heart of London.
The Syrian cauldron
Two things were made clear by the U.S. exploits in Syria Wednesday.
Trump the destroyer, a lack of leadership
With all the skill of an experienced arsonist, U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing America for a firestorm.
Who’s really threatening Europe?
Opponents of immigration into the EU typically make one or more of four arguments: immigrants are weakening Christian values, undermining liberal democratic...
Mattis, Tillerson: secretaries of stabilization
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the...
A solution fair for all
When future generations study Lebanese history, they will have to pick through the 100 different suggestions for an electoral law that vary from the sectarian to...
Transparency wins the day
For some 25 years corruption has flourished in Lebanon, thanks mostly to the Syrian occupation and its lackeys who milked the country mercilessly in ways that could...
Demonstrations represent the highest form of democratic exercise, whether in protest, celebration or any of a plethora of other reasons.
Nationalists and globalists
The Dutch election was the first bright spot in a while for people in Europe and the United States who are deeply worried that the backlash against globalization will...
The EU’s road to Rome
At the end of this month, European Union leaders (except for British Prime Minister Theresa May) will gather in Italy to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of...
America’s confidence economy, make it or break it
Financial markets seem convinced that the recent surge in business and consumer confidence in the U.S. economy will soon be reflected in “hard” data, such as GDP...
The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world.
Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the baton to China
We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The next big threat: War in space
Among the memorabilia in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s office is a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first airplane.
Hacking is the digital world’s oldest profession
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange’s revelation last week of the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools had a misplaced tone of surprise, a bit like Claude Rains’ famous line in...
Cyberwarfare is the real menace to America
Last week, we have watched the perfect example of a country fighting the last war.
Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup Finals Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.
Deschamps refuses to be drawn on exiled Benzema
A day after Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema demanded talks with the France coach over his ongoing international exile, Didier Deschamps flatly refused to discuss the...
Tomic pulls out at Miami with back injury
Bernard Tomic's woes continued Thursday as he pulled out of the Miami Open due to a back injury, the latest setback in a disappointing year for the Australian.
Federer, Nishikori missing from Monte Carlo line-up
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori were the only members of the world top 10 missing from the entry list for the Monte Carlo Masters which was released on Thursday.
Spurs down Grizzlies while Raptors beat the Heat
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 to power San Antonio over visiting Memphis 97-90 Thursday, moving the Spurs within two games of...
Europeans turn to Nations League
The complex format created by UEFA to replace most unloved national team friendlies kicks off in 18 months’ time.
Date set for Messi appeal against tax fraud sentence
Spain's Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi's appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said on...
Pan-American tournament could become regular event
A Pan-American tournament similar to last year's Copa Centenario could be played on a regular two or four-yearly basis depending on the outcome of discussions between...
No. 1 Kerber looks for Miami boost
Germany’s Angelique Kerber heads into this week’s Miami Open in the unusual position of having regained the world No. 1 ranking despite a disappointing start to the...
Raonic back to avenge Queen's defeat
Canadian tennis ace Milos Raonic warned Tuesday he was determined to avenge last year's final defeat to Andy Murray in the key Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Queen's...
Federer in full flight heading into Miami
Roger Federer keeps saying he’s still on the comeback trail, but he’s covering ground faster than he ever imagined.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 to power San Antonio over visiting Memphis 97-90 Thursday, moving the Spurs within two games of NBA-leading Golden State.
DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84
Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic
Westbrook's 35th triple double powers Thunder win
NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook unleashed his 35th triple double of the season Wednesday, powering the Oklahoma City Thunder over visiting Philadelphia 122-97 and...
Ibaka, Lopez get one-game bans for swinging punches
Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for exchanging punches during...
Raptors end 11-game losing streak against Bulls
DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors ended an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win Tuesday.
American rookie Trey Mullinax remained atop the leaderboard after Friday's conclusion to the opening round of the lightning-halted US PGA Puerto Rico Open.
Cycling: Tour de France unveils Shanghai criterium
Cycling's Tour de France will stage a Shanghai criterium featuring top riders this year as it bids to attract a following in China, organizers said on Thursday.
McIlroy, Spieth suffer upsets at WGC Match Play
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth suffered upset defeats as underdogs bared their teeth on the opening day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play Wednesday.
European athletics chief wants Fredericks to step down
The head of European athletics has called on Frank Fredericks to step down from the world athletics' (IAAF) federation council pending an investigation into allegations...
Johnson going for a World Golf Championships sweep
Dustin Johnson is one victory away from something not even Tiger Woods has accomplished: a sweep of the four World Golf Championships.
Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being “in a league of his own” Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year’s opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix.
More races, more friction in the future for F1
The new owners of Formula One are planning to have more races and a greater presence in North America, and wouldn’t mind revving up the ratings with some extra friction...
Maverick a new challenge for Marquez
Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing, and Valentino Rossi’s new Yamaha teammate will have triple-world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season...
Hamilton fastest in 1st practice sessions for Australian GP
Lewis Hamilton has already delivered the faster speeds that Formula One rule changes were designed to achieve, going under the racing lap record during practice Friday...
Hamilton gears up for Vettel title fight
Lewis Hamilton said Thursday he wanted a seasonlong world title joust with Sebastian Vettel and declared Ferrari as the team to beat in this weekend’s Australian...
Life is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller.
Tony Chakar in four dimensions
The better part of one wall of the Beirut Art Center’s downstairs gallery is these days preoccupied by an imposing installation of recovered steel, its surface...
Gyllenhaal brings ‘Life’ to alien invasion genre
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with...
Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death
Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher.
Kanye West settles with Hungarian singer over alleged song theft
Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song...
Jane Austen faked her own marriage twice
British author Jane Austen, known the world over for her insightful take on 19th century society, created fake marriage documents with two separate men, archives have...
Ancient winged bull to rise again in London
An ancient Assyrian winged bull sculpture destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) fighters in 2015 is to be remade from empty Iraqi date syrup cans and displayed in Trafalgar Square...
A migration tale detox from Tunis
Migration stories frequently bob to the surface of this region’s cinema.
Eight decades after “Flash Gordon” hinted that aliens might not have our best interests at heart, humanity still risks destruction in the movies to make contact with extraterrestrial life.
‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris passes away
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show,” has passed away.
Vera Lynn turns 100 with stunning tribute
Renowned World War II entertainer and patriot Vera Lynn celebrated turning 100 years old with a special tribute, Monday.
With Julia, Sesame Street tackles autism
“Sesame Street” has often experimented with new ways of teaching children about social issues as well as their ABCs since its launch nearly 50 years ago. Now it’s...
Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song "New Slaves."
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance
Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in...
Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France
Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros ($324,000), found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed...
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that...
Afghan Star: Rap, stilettos and a musical revolution
Smokey-eyed Zulala Hashemi, standing tall in four-inch gold heels, wants to sing for women. The 18-year-old has become the first girl to reach the final of popular...
A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on Fox's "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.
'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87
George Clooney pays surprise visit to devoted UK fan
Actor George Clooney has startled an 87-year-old fan in Britain by showing up at her assisted living facility with flowers and a card to wish her a happy birthday
Roman Polanski wants 1977 rape case over, attorney tells LA judge
Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski will have to wait up to three months to hear whether he can resolve his four-decade-old rape case without serving more jail time...
President Trump's son Eric to become father
President Donald Trump is about to become a grandfather for a ninth time.
Trump's son Eric announced on Twitter Monday that he and his wife Lara are expecting their...
Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.
Swiss cannabis entrepreneurs develop craving for low-potency pot
Entrepreneurs have high hopes for cannabis in Switzerland, where business has suddenly taken off in recent months, six years after the country legalized low-potency...
Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer
Cancer patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet?
Astronauts start work on ISS upgrades
A French and an American astronaut floated outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk to upgrade the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future...
Tawlet’s soup kitchen, hoping to help
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated...
Keller shows off French Laundry remodel
On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America’s most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to...
HUAWEI Mate 9 Pro, a gift worthy of Mother’s Day
When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, it’s hard for many to think outside the box.
Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza
The young Palestinian women don baseball caps on top of their Islamic headscarves and field tennis balls with fabric gloves, giving a decidedly local feel to the great...
Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones
Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.
Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide
Paris, March 21, 2017 (AFP) - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.
German scientists test artificial sun
Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun” and which they hope will help shed light on new ways...
Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many “soup kitchen” dinner parties.
What’s in a whisky? Generations of hard work
Ian Colluim is living out his dream job.
Winemaker serves up utterly tasty experience
World-renowned winemaker Fabrice Guiberteau treated guests this week to four different Chateau Kefraya wines with an impassioned talk on the art of drinking.
Lebanese fashion blogger struts her stuff
“Hard work pays off, consistency is key and we should always keep dreaming,” Lebanese fashion blogger and entrepreneur Lana El Sahely said as she reflected on her...
New Beirut tech hub looks to the future
While co-working spaces have mushroomed in Beirut in recent years, a new concept tailored to the independent workforce is currently being pioneered by a tech hub in the...
At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.
In the wilds of Mongolia: Horses, sand dunes and stargazing
I'm a city girl. I did not grow up camping, have never pitched a tent and know nothing of the Girl Scouts beyond Thin Mints or Samoa cookies. Certainly no one would use...
Myanmar's ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory
On the stairway rising to Moulmein's great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the...
Air India claims record with all-female round-world flight
India's national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women
What to look for when you're booking a photo safari
Shopping for a wildlife safari is like taking a multiple-choice exam.
If someone asks me about my favorite decade for music, it would be the ’80s hands down.
Revolutionary Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1
Revolutions in the auto industry are few and far between these days, especially as we’ve grown to expect that cars will feature performance, styling and technologies...
Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics
Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian...
Peugeot’s 504: The enduring workhorse and spy car
I’ve often heard it said that in the event of a nuclear explosion, the only things that would survive are taxes and cockroaches.
Hum of optimism as Geneva car show hits the road
Gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva for Europe’s biggest annual car show, leading automakers expressed cautious optimism Tuesday about the industry’s prospects for...
Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial.
Dig deeper before mocking 'crazy' pet parents
It's easy to jump directly to "crazy cat lady" or poke fun at "stay-at-home dog moms" when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets.
Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal.
Short, white men more likely to go bald: study
Add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by diminutive men of European descent, according to a new study.
Vaccine for Ebola-ravaged chimps
Scientists said Thursday they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild...