Lebanese Army units tightened its control over three hilltops in the Lebanese-Syrian border area Thursday, a day after seizing the territory from Daesh (ISIS) militants in a lighting strike that killed six terrorists, the military said.
Muslim aid NGOs join to ease religious tensions
Six Muslim humanitarian organizations signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday that seeks to alleviate religious tensions and promote unity around common goals.
Work to resume on $26.6B Saudi Grand Mosque expansion
Saudi Binladin Group will restart work next month on the $26.6 billion expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, nearly two years after work stopped in the wake of a...
How Syria gassed its people as world looked on
In the spring of 2015 a Syrian major general escorted a small team of chemical weapons inspectors to a warehouse outside the Syrian capital Damascus.
Macron to take on informal role as first lady
Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, said she will adopt the role of first lady, but only in an informal capacity after opposition to plans to...
Southern tobacco farmers talk hardship, hopes
Eight-year-old Batoul Khraybani carefully held tobacco leaves in her hand as she wove them into a knot.
Zahrani Municipality workers stage sit-in
Early Thursday morning, Zahrani municipality workers and employees staged a protest in front of their local municipality, demonstrating against the late payment of...
‘Fighting terrorism’: Maj. Gen. Ibrahim
General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said “The General Directorate of Internal Forces is fighting terrorism” during an event in his honor organized by the...
Saudi Binladin Group will restart work next month on the $26.6 billion expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, nearly two years after work stopped in the wake of a crane collapse at the site that killed 107 people, sources told Reuters Thursday.
Netanyahu criticized for Charlottesville response
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under mounting pressure Thursday to speak out against President Donald Trump’s response to the racially charged violence...
Syrians brave dangers to wait out Daesh exit
The fight to oust the militant group Daesh (ISIS) from its Syrian stronghold Raqqa has displaced thousands of civilians, but some have decided to stay on the frontlines...
Syria rebels lose heavyweight, faction collapses
Syria’s opposition has lost one of its most powerful factions with the collapse of Islamist heavyweight Ahrar al-Sham, which once walked a fine line between extremists...
Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, said she will adopt the role of first lady, but only in an informal capacity after opposition to plans to give her an official status.
U.S. SKorea joint war games to go ahead
The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North...
Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds long-lost ring
A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it...
‘Red alert’ over Grace Mugabe
Lawyers for the young model who claims Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe assaulted her in a Johannesburg hotel said Thursday that her family has been approached with...
Most Americans want to keep racist statues
A new poll Thursday showed that most Americans favor leaving in place statues of Civil War figures associated with the defense of slavery, offering a measure of support...
The port of Tripoli in Lebanon wants the world to know it’s ready for business.
Ministers on controversial visit to Damascus
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan and Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter held talks with Syrian officials in Damascus Wednesday to boost trade between the two...
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange to begin trading
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of bitcoin Egypt said, linking the Middle East’s most populous country with a cryptocurrency...
Iraq Parliament backs trade minister
Iraq’s Parliament Thursday voted to end its grilling of acting Trade Minister Salman al-Jumaili over corruption allegations that mostly stemmed from a ministry deal to...
Cook vows donations to rights groups
Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and...
Private sector rails against new taxes
Lebanon’s private sector made a last-ditch effort Monday to repeal the tax measures designed to finance the salary scale for civil servants, public school teachers and...
Agriculture sector struggles to reach potential
With plenty of rainfall, several distinct microclimates that allow for year-round farming, and a renowned healthy cuisine, Lebanon’s agriculture sector should be...
Port silo head sacked after study
Economy Minister Raed Khoury announced Friday his decision to end the services of the director general of Port of Beirut’s silo and five other employees for committing...
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of bitcoin Egypt said, linking the Middle East’s most populous country with a cryptocurrency that has surged in value in recent months.
Qatar asking banks to seek overseas funding
Qatar is asking its banks to tap international investors to raise financing, instead of mainly relying on government funding, people familiar with the matter said, as...
Qatar economy bruised but still strong: experts
Qatar’s economy has been hit by the sanctions imposed by a Saudi-led Arab bloc but the emirate’s economy is strong enough to survive, analysts say.
Air Berlin files for insolvency
Air Berlin PLC filed for insolvency after leading shareholder Etihad Airways PJSC withdrew its financial support, marking the second failure of a major European airline...
Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia last weekend.
The travel habits of highly successful CEOs
In the era of the humble brag, it’s harder than ever to know how your boss travels.
Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV
Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers between fill-ups...
European shares end winning streak
European shares broke their three-day winning streak Thursday as banks fell following a set of cautious minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve, while energy stocks also...
Trump goes after Amazon, again
President Donald Trump is renewing attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and says the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.”
Saudi Arabia, in its tradition of magnanimity, has refuted all the venom that has been aimed at its policies, traditions and values.
The fight continues
Parliament’s abolishment of the heinous penal code Article 522 – better known as the “rape law” – is a milestone for women’s rights in Lebanon.
Are Nazis as American as apple pie?
Is the United States threatened by Nazism?
The lost lessons of the financial crisis
Ten years ago this month, the French bank BNP Paribas decided to limit investors’ access to the money they had deposited in three funds.
U.S. wonders if treaty with NKorea makes sense
After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday.
Address the menace
Here’s a wake-up call for the Arab world, Africa and Europe: Libya is still a member of the Arab League, African Union and United Nations.
Keeping the storms at bay
At a time when multiple challenges threaten Lebanon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been relentless in his efforts to ward off any damage to the country and spare its...
Despair met with apathy
Striving for a better life, hundreds of thousands of migrants have risked everything to climb aboard archaic dinghies in search of a home that offers opportunities,...
We weep for you, Venezuela
Until recently, Venezuela – the birthplace of the “Liberator” Simon Bolivar – was a free and rather wealthy country, boasting the world’s largest proven oil reserves...
Brexit down on the farm
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union no doubt carries many risks.
China’s ‘double-freeze’ con
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un says the United States will pay a “thousandfold for all the heinous crimes” it has committed against his country.
The art of the bluff, not the art of the deal
How did we get here?
North Korea, on the brink of Trump’s sanity
The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for the U.S. and China, and for the new international order both nations say they want.
For once, on Russia, Trump may be actually right
When all right-thinking people in the nation’s capital seem to agree on something – as has been the case recently with legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia –...
Democrats should rethink immigration absolutism
In 1992, the Democratic Party faced a challenge on the issue of abortion.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will again be dueling for the title of world’s best footballer after their names once more headed the shortlist Thursday for The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
Injury worries for Bayern ahead of season opener
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has a lengthy injury list to contend with as his star-studded champions kick off the new Bundesliga season against Bayer Leverkusen...
Nishikori to miss rest of season with injury
Japan’s Kei Nishikori will miss the rest of the 2017 season after tearing a tendon in his right wrist, his manager said Wednesday.
Injuries, upsets for men in Cincinnati
Injuries and upsets are wrecking the men’s side of the Western & Southern Open.
Iran dash Lebanon’s Asia Cup dreams
Iran bated the hosts, they dared them to commit from deep.
Signing Mbappe could be trouble for PSG
Although Kylian Mbappe is considered a rising star, he is again set to be left out of Monaco’s team for Friday’s trip to Metz.
Barcelona hopeful on Coutinho, Dembele
Barcelona are hopeful of pushing through deals to sign both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the coming days as efforts to fill the gap left by the departed...
Sigurdsson to Everton for $58 million
Everton signed Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Premier League rivals Swansea for a club record 45 million pounds ($58 million) Wednesday.
Serena aims for outrageous’ comeback
Serena Williams, feeling “new power” from her pregnancy, is already readying for an Australian Open title defense in January.
Federer withdraws from Cincinnati, Nadal to No. 1
Rafael Nadal was assured a return to world No. 1 for the first time since July of 2014 Monday when 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer withdrew from this week’s...
Svitolina clinches Toronto title
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina capped a remarkable week in Toronto by beating Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-0 at the Rogers Cup Sunday to capture her tour-leading fifth...
Khatib leads Lebanon to win over Chinese Taipei
Fadi el-Khatib scored at will and Amir Saoud played a starring role off the bench as Lebanon strolled to a 90-77 win over minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second...
Lebanon leap into second round at Asia Cup
Lebanon will aim to make quick work of minnows Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup second round Monday, as a daunting task against the mighty Iran team awaits the hosts in...
Lukaku makes dream debut
Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a dream Premier League debut for Manchester United as the Belgian’s brace inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal was the...
New Zealand prevail despite Khatib heroics
A vintage display from talisman Fadi al-Khatib was not enough Thursday as Lebanon fell to New Zealand 86-82 in an enthralling encounter in Zouk.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.
Bolt vows ‘never again’ after emotional farewell
Usain Bolt took an emotional final bow on the track at the end of the World Championships in London Sunday before declaring that, definitely and definitively, there was...
Thomas picks right major at right time to win
The son and grandson of golf professionals, Justin Thomas couldn’t think of a better major to win than the PGA Championship.
Organizers to blame for Bolt’s collapse
Usain Bolt’s dramatic and inglorious end to his top level career was the fault of world championship organizers, his furious teammates claimed.
McGregor slams sparring partner for walking out
Conor McGregor hit back at former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi, saying the retired two-time champion was looking for an excuse to leave training camp.
British athletics legend Mo Farah was hailed by the British media Sunday despite his glorious track career ending with defeat in the 5,000-meter world championships final.
Cool-headed Marquez at the double at Czech GP
Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win Sunday.
Vettel in fine fettle for F1’s August break
Sebastian Vettel will enjoy Formula One’s August break as championship leader but the Ferrari driver knows the job is only half done and it will not get any easier in...
Vettel wins while Hamilton keeps his word
Sebastian Vettel won a tense Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton...
Ricciardo fastest in Hungary practice round
Australian Daniel Ricciardo reminded Formula One’s title contenders that Red Bull remain a force to reckon with after lapping fastest in crash-interrupted practice at...
Highlighting a true and ongoing story from the Palestinian diaspora, the play “36 Abbas Street, Haifa” dramatizes an incident witnessed by Palestinian playwright and actor Raeda Taha.
Romania’s Roma rise up with revolutionary theater
On a sizzling summer afternoon, two delicately framed women are pulling off a theatrical tour de force, playing out a real-life drama in a village courtyard close to...
Taylor Swift testifies at groping trial
Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language...
Jury arrives for Taylor Swift groping case
A jury is expected to be seated soon in Taylor Swift's civil trial involving a groping allegation against a former DJ.
Cruise breaks his ankle in failed jump
“Mission: Impossible 6” has halted filming after Tom Cruise broke his ankle in a stunt, the director confirmed this week.
Reviving independent art in south Lebanon
Tiro Association for Arts recently unveiled the programs for two festivals, the second edition of Lebanon International Theatre Festival and the Lebanon International...
Love somehow shines through ‘The Glass Castle’
Any parents of young children – or anyone thinking of hearing the pitter-patter of little feet – are urged to go to their local movie theater and see “The Glass Castle.”
Toto cancels concert at Baalbeck festival
The concert of legendary rockers Toto, scheduled to perform at the Baalbeck International Festival Tuesday, has been canceled, bringing an abrupt end to this year’s...
Four years after Taylor Swift said she was groped by a radio station DJ before a concert in Denver, the pop superstar told her story in sometimes unflinching language that did not sugarcoat what she called a "despicable and horrifying and shocking" encounter.
Stones planning new album: Richards
Keith Richards has disclosed that The Rolling Stones are working on a new album after a picture showed leading British rapper Skepta in the studio with the rock legends.
Malaysia bans 'Despacito' on state radio, TV due to lyrics
Malaysia has banned "Despacito" on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song's record-breaking popularity
Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond
British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation
Terminator 2 ‘timely as ever’: Cameron
James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four “Avatar” sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever –...
Samuel L. Jackson on race and loving his job
Does any other actor so fully embody the high-octane thrills, the colorful language, the sheer bigness of American movies as Samuel L. Jackson?
Woody and Brie on The Glass Castle
He’s had a Hollywood career that has spanned decades while she won a Best Actress Oscar before turning 30.
British actor and comedian John Cleese received the honorary lifetime achievement award at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Wednesday in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Elvis fans upset over $28.75 charge
Time was when fans of the late Elvis Presley, aka the king of rock’n’roll, made their solemn procession past his Graceland mansion grave during the annual candlelight...
Pratt drops in at Teen Choice Awards but Cyrus a no-show
The Teen Choice Awards, always a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out during Sunday night's ceremony to consider the world its young audience will inherent
Austria's Conchita cancels Edinburgh show in visa row
Austria's bearded drag idol Conchita said Friday she had cancelled her headlining act at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival because her Syrian musicians...
Tiger Woods set for arraignment on DUI charge in Florida
Golfer Tiger Woods, arrested in May on a charge of driving under the influence after police found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz stopped on a Florida...
From her engagement to Prince Charles as a shy teenager to her roles as doting mother, humanitarian and global celebrity, Diana’s turbulent life still captivates people around the world.
Gourmet fun or just plain cheesy?
Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough
Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope...
Spas emphasize wellness over beauty
Unplug. Breathe. Relax. Wellness rather than beauty was the message this week at the annual International Spa Association event in New York.
Dogs find a safe haven with benevolent volunteer
Over 100 dogs have found a safe haven under the Zahrani Bridge in south Lebanon.
Ibiza struggles to house locals
Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain’s Ibiza where rental prices have shot up as mass tourism takes its toll on...
Lonely Planet launches new Trips app
Lonely Planet has a new free app called Trips that offers inspiration for travel, along with an easy way for users to create visually driven stories about their own...
Indonesia clinic gives relief to tattooed
Each staccato rat-a-tat-tat of the laser firing an intense beam at the elaborate red, green and black dragon on Taufiq Hidayat’s arm is, he prays, bringing him closer...
Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible
Australian teen's feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures
A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.
Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study
Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at...
Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women: study
Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus and breasts, a US study found Tuesday
Tourism rebounds for the summer
A recent uptick in visitor numbers to Lebanon has left officials and business executives in the tourism sector feeling buoyed.
Art therapy rising, practitioners need regulation
An increasing number of Lebanese are interested in art therapy, practitioners say, which has raised some concerns that without proper training and regulation of...
A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.
Is fear of robots irrational?
Robots are secretly plotting to kill us.
Facebook anonymously launched an app in China
Facebook anonymously launched a new photo-sharing app in China in a new effort to make inroads in the world's most populous country
Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit: ESA
An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometres in October, inside the Moon's orbit, astronomers said Thursday
Japan gives world-beating fidget spinner a whirl
One company in perfectionism-obsessed Japan is claiming it has developed a fidget spinner that whirls longer than any rival on the market -- 12 minutes and counting.
Chronic overcrowding in some of Europe’s beloved tourism hotspots is fueling an angry backlash, from polite protest to “Go Home” graffiti and even physical intimidation.
Wrecks, treasures under Albania’s coastal waters
Descending beneath the waves, the cloudy first few meters quickly give way to clear waters and an astonishing sight – dozens, perhaps hundreds, of tightly packed...
Spain hosts annual exodus to North Africa
It’s the largest annual human migration in Europe: Millions of people from France, Belgium and Italy cross Spain every summer to spend their holidays with family in...
Tourists seeking ‘Despacito’ find La Perla
Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit “Despacito” was...
Taste of the Tour: Food and drink gems
For three weeks, as the Tour de France riders did their thing, a team of Associated Press journalists who followed them valiantly ate and drank their way through the...
I had a business meeting a few days ago, and at it didn’t go well.
Top eight loveliest cars for $60,000 or les
The MX-5 is undeniably one of the prettiest cars on the road today. Its contemporary yet fluid lines are a delight to look at and the sensation of connection you feel...
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder: Alternative to sex
If you were stuck in horrible traffic Monday morning heading from Beirut toward Jounieh, I must confess you have me to blame.
The truth behind electric cars’ ‘green’ fiction
A couple of weeks ago The Daily Star ran an article lamenting the fact that Lebanon is woefully unprepared for the advent of the electric car era.
The Future is Back: Hide your flux capacitors!
With so much going on recently pertaining to the future of the automotive industry, this seemed like an excellent time to talk about the DeLorean DMC-12