German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country's reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin's Roman Catholic cathedral
Corruption charge increases pressure on Brazil's Temer
In a scathing 64-page indictment, Brazil's top prosecutor described a scheming, arrogant and corrupt President Michel Temer who lined his pockets with illegal money...
Syrian child drowns in Bshamoun swimming pool
A Syrian boy drowned Tuesday overnight in swimming pool in Bshamoun, a security source told The Daily Star
Overnight car crashes leave at least 11 wounded
A series of car accident overnight on Tuesday in south Lebanon have left at least 11 wounded.
US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Daesh (ISIS) militants...
Merkel drops opposition to same-sex marriage
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dropped her opposition to same-sex marriage, giving gay and lesbian groups reason to cheer Tuesday while depriving opposition...
Cyprus conflict 'possible to solve': UN mediator
Talks in Switzerland this week on Cyprus's decades-long partition represent the "best chance" to resolve the conflict, the UN mediator said Tuesday.
Kiev car bomb kills colonel in Ukrainian military intelligence
A Ukrainian serviceman killed by a car bomb in Kiev on Tuesday was a colonel for Ukraine's military intelligence, the defence ministry said in a statement
Kanaan promises approved state budget by July
Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan promised that Lebanon's draft state budget will be approved by mid-July.
Electoral law averted crisis: Fitch Ratings
A world-leading credit ratings agency on Monday praised Lebanon’s latest political developments but cautioned that massive changes to the system should not be expected
Addiction is a 'nightmare': Bou Assi
Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi Monday released a video in observance of World Drug Day, warning Lebanese youth of "the dangers of addiction."
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Daesh (ISIS) militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over
GOP senator to block arms sales over crisis with Qatar
An influential Republican senator said Monday that he'll withhold approval of U.S. weapons sales to several Middle Eastern allies until there is a clear path for...
US says Assad is planning chemical weapons attack
The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said...
Tillerson to meet Qatari counterpart in Washington
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his Qatari counterpart Tuesday in Washington, after the US department voiced confusion over the Saudi-backed embargo...
Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation in Gulf row
Bahrain's foreign minister accused Qatar on Monday of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, in an apparent reference to Doha's decision to...
The Association of Lebanese Industrialists urged the government to protect the local production from foreign competition.
Torbey announces ABL elections list
The current Association of Banks in Lebanon President Joseph Torbey announced Thursday his 12-member list that will run against the new “Change List” for ABL’s board of...
Qatar Airways seeks stake in American
Qatar Airways wants to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a move cloaked so heavily in international trade and politics that American’s CEO finds it puzzling.
Turkish exports to Qatar triple in Gulf crisis
Turkish exports to Qatar have tripled from their normal levels to $32.5 million since four Arab countries began boycotting the Gulf state on June 5, Turkey’s Customs...
EU hits Google with record 2.4 bn euro fine
The EU slapped Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro anti-trust fine on Tuesday, dealing a fresh blow to a US tech giant and risking the anger of President Donald Trump
Productivity setbacks impede Lebanon industry
It goes without saying that the industrial sector in Lebanon remains in a challenging situation. According to 2015’s national accounts, the industrial sector’s...
It goes without saying that the industrial sector in Lebanon remains in a challenging situation.
Insurance premiums up by 4.5 percent in Q1, 2017
Insurance premiums generated in Lebanon increased by 4.5 percent to $433.5 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $414.8 million in the same period last year.
Saudi gain is loss for Qatar reeling from slump
Add Saudi Arabia’s government changes to the reasons why investors should steer clear of Qatar.
Etihad to open lounges to economy class
Etihad Airways is to open up its lounges to economy class passengers for a fee and will start charging for chauffeur services that had been complimentary as it joins...
Etihad to open lounges to economy class passengers for a fee
U.S. stocks see jump, Monday
Utilities led U.S. stocks mostly higher in midday trading Monday as falling bond yields made high-dividend companies more attractive to income-seeking investors.
BMW announces $600M expansion
BMW plans to invest an additional $600 million in its South Carolina plant and create 1,000 more jobs over the next four years.
EU to slap Google with record fine this week: sources
The EU's powerful anti-trust regulator will slap Google with a record fine as early as Tuesday in another European blow against a US tech giant, sources said.
Europe's largest casino coming to Cyprus
Cyprus signed a deal Monday for the construction of what officials say will be Europe's biggest casino.
For decades the U.S. has indulged – without success – in trying to find a solution to the intractable Israel-Palestine problem.
The jury’s still out
The presidency made absolutely certain the table Lebanese political leaders sat around Thursday was not round, so it wouldn’t echo gatherings of the past.
An IMF bridge to somewhere for Greece?
The International Monetary Fund has resurrected an old technique – commonly used in the 1980s during the Latin American debt crisis – that would allow Greece to avoid a...
The Russian roulette presidency
Unless U.S. President Donald Trump decides that he has had enough, and returns to his gilded Manhattan tower, his presidency’s metastasizing crisis will continue to...
How populists win when they lose
Today, it appears that every single election in Europe can be reduced to one central question: “Is it a win or a loss for populism?”
Power to the people
The issue of Lebanon’s power supply has for years taken a life of its own, residing among the host of other supposed impossibilities and controversies switched on and...
Less talk, more action
Though all the ingredients may be present and the reasons well-established, Lebanon is not in fact witnessing a battle of the sexes.
A daily diet of terror
Whether we like it or not stories about terrorism are global and part of the daily diet of news.
The International Monetary Fund has resurrected an old technique – commonly used in the 1980s during the Latin American debt crisis – that would allow Greece to avoid a payment default next month on debt owed to European creditors.
With health care bill, the GOP mounts a heist
The “health care bill” that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn’t really about health care at all.
To defeat extremism, protect civilians
For the past six years, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has reported comprehensively and eloquently on the systematic,...
North Korea’s real strategy
North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a “rational” response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival.
Trump would be wise to leave Mueller in place
Forewarned is forearmed. So perhaps the country is lucky that President Donald Trump’s allies have floated the possibility that he might fire special counsel Robert...
The Middle East morass
Donald Trump returned from his first overseas trip convinced that he had unified America’s historic Arab allies, dealt a strong blow against terrorism and calmed the...
Are we ‘present at the destruction’?
Seventy years ago Monday, Secretary of State George Marshall delivered a Harvard commencement day address that became the framework for what we call the “Marshall Plan”...
Putin’s combativeness comes at a cost
When Russian President Vladimir Putin invited NBC’s Megyn Kelly to question him onstage at a glitzy forum here, maybe he thought he’d have an easier time than Donald...
The video assistant referee (VAR) technology being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russia should be refined, the head of refereeing at world soccer's ruling body FIFA said Monday.
Werner to be key for Germany at next World Cup
The abuse has followed Timo Werner for months, gathering pace as rapidly as the striker has amassed goals.
Agassi to coach Djokovic throughout Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic will have coach Andre Agassi in his corner for as long as required at Wimbledon as the Serb tries to claim back one of his lost grand slam titles.
Federer cruises past defending champ Mayer
Top seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semifinals Friday, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon...
Greek NBA star launches foundation in Athens
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece's homegrown NBA All-Star, made an emotional return to the city he grew up in and promised to help children in Greece and Africa make it in...
De Boer wants Palace to be "solid"
New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer said he wants to make the team a "solid Premier League club" after he signed a three-year contract with the south London side...
Loew set to add to Germany's strong semis record
Joachim Loew can maintain his proud decade-long record of steering Germany to the semi-finals at major tournaments with a draw against Cameroon on Sunday enough to...
Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for semi berths
Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week’s Confederations...
Federer beats Zverev to reach Halle quarters
Top seed Roger Federer beat Germany’s Mischa Zverev 7-6(4) 6-4 to advance to the last eight of the Halle Open Thursday as the 18-time grand slam champion sharpens his...
Cilic, Muller into Queen's semi-finals
Marin Cilic set up a semi-final clash with Gilles Muller at Queen's Club as the Croatian powered to 6-4, 7-5 victory over Donald Young on Friday.
Tsonga latest star to slump at Queen’s
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the latest star to crash out of Queen’s Club as the world No. 10 was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller Wednesday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece's homegrown NBA All-Star, made an emotional return to the city he grew up in and promised to help children in Greece and Africa make it in life.
Sixers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball
Markelle Fultz is a self-described hard worker and that diligence paid dividends Thursday as the Philadelphia 76ers made him the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA...
Butler traded to Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves swung a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler Thursday, reuniting the former first round NBA draft pick with his former coach Tom...
A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive
Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out.
Troubled Ronaldo gets Madrid court date
Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes deepened Tuesday when the star striker, who reportedly wants to quit Real Madrid, was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.
Think about this as the real fight.Forget that “event” three weeks earlier that is making such a splash.
Durant to stay with Warriors, West joins Clippers
Kevin Durant is set to make a new contract deal and stay with the Golden State Warriors, but the new NBA champions did lose a legendary player Monday.
Tiger says he’s getting ‘professional help’
Tiger Woods, arrested three weeks ago for impaired driving, said Monday he is receiving “professional help” to manage his medications and help cope with back pain and a...
Winds of change as Koepka wins U.S. Open
The winds of change were blowing at the U.S. Open Sunday as Brooks Koepka sailed to a four-stroke victory at Erin Hills, making it the seventh consecutive major that...
Koepka takes road less traveled to triumph
Brooks Koepka took an unorthodox path to reaching the goal of all professional golfers Sunday but the 27-year-old Floridian said he would not change a thing after...
.Sebastian Vettel's 'road rage' in Baku was still stirring heated debate 24 hours after he steered his Ferrari into Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Verstappen fastest in both Azerbaijan practices
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clocked the fastest lap in both of Friday’s practices ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sunday, but ended the second session in the wall...
Hamilton says Ferrari still favorites
Despite his recent win at the Canadian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton still considers Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to be the Formula One favorite.
Despite recent win, Hamilton says Ferrari still favorite
Porsche complete Le Mans hat-trick
Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third year in a row Sunday with a stunning last-to-first victory in a race of retirements that left early favorites Toyota...
Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City"
Fall in love with The Big Sick
That two people could overcome cultural obstacles, the perils of modern dating and a critical illness and end up together is a great story.
Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio
Reykjavik, June 26, 2017 (AFP) - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking...
Facebook to produce own TV series, games
Facebook is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform, one of the social media giant's executives said on...
Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over 'dog gate'
Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the "war on...
Orwell’s son says ‘1984’ was ‘prescient’
The audience at the Broadway opening of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy “1984” will host a special guest – the author’s son.
Unpaid Rio orchestras play the blues
When Filipe Moreira, principal dancer at the Rio de Janeiro ballet, takes to the stage, his grace and athleticism wows the audience.
Lebanon’s sweetheart makes a comeback with Lameen
Fairouz released a new single this week. Entitled “Lameen,” the jazz-inflected ballad is the first offering from the celebrated diva’s forthcoming album “Bebalee,”...
Reykjavik, June 26, 2017 (AFP) - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.
Howard to take over Star Wars Han Solo spinoff
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been brought in to complete the hotly anticipated “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, Lucasfilm said Thursday, after sacking directing...
Noah stopped at least 10 times by police
Trevor Noah, one of the most prominent comedy hosts in the United States, has spoken out against the wider problem of racial bias among police, saying he has been...
Daniel Day-Lewis announces retirement
Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced his retirement from acting.
Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the "war on terrier"
Dali's bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test
A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that...
'Maybe it's time': actor Johnny Depp jokes about a Trump assassination
Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain's Glastonbury music festival with a joke about assassinating Donald Trump, pondering how long it had been since an actor had...
Cosby lawyers demand mistrial, judge says jury can keep working
Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer's sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing...
Dylan accused of lifting passages of Nobel lecture
A writer has charged that rock legend Bob Dylan lifted sections of his Nobel Prize lecture from SparkNotes, the free online study guide aimed at students
From Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors, major brands are catering to lucrative Gulf markets during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is earning its own slot on the global fashion calendar.
Valentino headlines Paris Fashion Week menswear
Heat was in the air on the first day of Paris Fashion Week menswear collections that showcased next year’s spring-summer designs.
Superhero 3-D printed hands help kids dream
Being born without fingers can be tough for any child.
Europe OKs project to seek alien life
Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host.
Beirut through eyes of community veterans
Tony Bou Safi begins his day at 4 a.m., selecting produce to stock his grocery, before driving back in Geitawi neighborhood to prepare for the morning hustle of locals...
Egypt census workers detect new baby boom
Census workers going door to door in Egypt’s teeming neighborhoods and crowded towns are discovering a new country – of more than 20 million people born in the last...
Magazine, TV channel give Afghan women a voice
Afghan women are redrawing the media landscape in the deeply conservative country with the launch of a new magazine and a television channel, risking the anger of...
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining
Hulking excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted moonscape.
Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism
U.S. social media giant Facebook launched a campaign in Britain on Friday to counter the spread of online extremism following warnings from Prime Minister Theresa May...
Russia threatens Telegram app with ban
Russia's state communications watchdog threatened Friday to ban the Telegram messaging app, saying the company behind the service had failed to submit company details...
Too hot to handle: Earth’s killer heat worsens
Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows.Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are...
Tony Bou Safi begins his day at 4 a.m., selecting produce to stock his grocery, before driving back in Geitawi neighborhood to prepare for the morning hustle of locals purchasing their daily supplies of fruits and vegetables.
Architect breathes life into Ottoman-era mansion
Architectural gems of the Ottoman and French Mandate eras have increasingly lost the battle to age, neglect and gentrification in Lebanon’s capital – but one Ottoman...
I have a theory.
In the years leading up to the return of Hong Kong to China by Britain in 1997, thousands of residents fearful of the future under Beijing jumped ship to start a new life abroad.
Obesity rising in nations rich and poor
The global obesity problem now affects one in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children...
Drugs score big wins against common cancers
Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors.
Frozen tuna recalled after testing showed hepatitis A virus
Some imported frozen tuna cubes and steaks are being recalled after testing showed they could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.
Ebola epidemic in Congo 'under control': health minister
Democratic Republic of Congo has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the past 21 days - the maximum incubation period for the disease - and has now begun a period of...