President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against Daesh (ISIS) and other foes.
Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar
Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to...
Cocktail festival toasts opening night
Gathering cocktail lovers, mixologists and Lebanon’s top bar owners alike, the second edition of the Cocktail Festival kicked off in Jounieh Thursday, celebrating all...
Lebanese politicians condemn Barcelona attack
Lebanese officials and politicians Friday condemned the terrorist attacks that took place in Barcelona the day prior, voicing their full support for Spain.
Sierra Leone buries 461 mudslide victims
Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said Friday.
Clearing Iraqi cities of bombs may take decades
The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby trap tucked inside.
Road to Europe gets harder for migrants
From the increasingly fraught trek through the Sahara to violence in Libya, asylum seekers rescued this week in the Mediterranean say the obstacles to reaching Europe...
Israel: U.S. ties trump Nazi condemnation
An Israeli Cabinet minister has said relations with U.S. President Donald Trump take priority over condemning neo-Nazis, to justify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...
Gathering cocktail lovers, mixologists and Lebanon’s top bar owners alike, the second edition of the Cocktail Festival kicked off in Jounieh Thursday, celebrating all that the industry has to offer.
Lebanon gets U.S. biometric boost to fight terror
The United States donated $5 million to the Internal Security Forces Friday to upgrade Lebanon’s biometric verification system.
Government delegation arrives in Burkina Faso
A high-ranking Lebanese delegation arrived in Burkina Faso to retrieve the bodies of Lebanese nationals killed in a recent terror attack in the country, a statement...
Trainees finish Lebanese Army training course
A new batch of trainees passed the Lebanese Army’s civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) course Friday, organized by the Italian Bilateral Mission to Lebanon (MIBIL).
Two dead in Finland stabbing spree
Two people were killed and six were injured in a stabbing spree in the Finnish city of Turku Friday, police said, after officers shot one suspect and warned several...
Californians again want to secede from the US
A group of Californians has submitted yet another initiative to secede from the United States as the country is gripped by one of its worst political crises in recent...
Pensive crowds return to Las Ramblas
Tourists and Barcelona locals tentatively returned to Las Ramblas Friday morning for a subdued stroll down the leafy boulevard, a day after a van attack filled it with...
‘Low-cost terror’ a new reality for Europeans
Vehicle attacks of the sort seen in Barcelona are easy to organize and difficult to stop and have become part of a new reality for Europeans, experts say.
Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh seized the opportunity of the book launch of “Payment Systems in Lebanon” Friday to reiterate that Banque du Liban was fully committed to the monetary policy established over the last 24 years.
Dialogue with U.S. banks key to solution: Torbey
Some Arab banks are facing difficulties in their relations with American correspondent banks due to the high risks in some countries and growing compliance demands,...
Firms flock to Syria fair, eyes on reconstruction
Lured by potentially enormous contracts for reconstruction work in war-torn Syria, international companies have laid out their wares at the Damascus International Fair...
Firms flock to Syria fair with eye on reconstruction
How euro likely to fare against world currencies
Don’t get distracted by Thursday’s ECB-driven slump: The euro has been redrawing the global currency map on its journey to multiyear highs.
Lebanon eyes Syria’s post-war reconstruction
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...
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...
Lured by potentially enormous contracts for reconstruction work in war-torn Syria, international companies have laid out their wares at the Damascus International Fair for the first time in six years.
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...
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...
Real revolution in NKorea is consumer culture
Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart.
Germany bets on second time lucky with migrants
As Germany struggles to absorb more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, the government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half a century ago...
Dollar hits four-month low vs. yen
The dollar fell to a four-month low against the yen Friday as investors sought out the safe-haven currency in light of uncertainty about the White House’s ability to...
imports Blocked, Traders protest
Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing’s decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire...
Spain’s maritime rescue services saved over 600 migrants Thursday who were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Morocco.
A graceful gesture
Saudi Arabia, in its tradition of magnanimity, has refuted all the venom that has been aimed at its policies, traditions and values.
Ikigai: destressing, the Japanese way
With so many uncertainties, instabilities and surprising changes that have been happening in this world, accumulating with our personal and professional volatility,...
A long-overdue change to Lebanese law
This week, Lebanon’s Parliament repealed the law allowing rapists to escape punishment by marrying the women they abused.
Russia reaps blowback from covert campaign
Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them.
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.
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...
With so many uncertainties, instabilities and surprising changes that have been happening in this world, accumulating with our personal and professional volatility, stress has been surrounding our lives from different corners.
Weathering the violence of climate change
With India experiencing its worst drought in 140 years, Indian farmers have taken to the streets.
Britain’s road to perdition
Full English Brexit is off the menu.
Are Nazis as American as apple pie?
Is the United States threatened by Nazism?
U.S. wonders if treaty with NKorea makes sense
After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday.
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 –...
Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017-2018 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen Friday.
Liverpool reject third Barca bid for Coutinho
Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, a source from the Premier League club confirmed to AFP Friday.
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.
AC Milan throw down the gauntlet to Juventus
After years of midtable mediocrity, AC Milan have thrown down the gauntlet to Juventus by assembling a team which supporters believe can end the Turin side’s run of six...
Wembley hangs over Tottenham title hopes
The season hadn’t even finished when diggers and cranes arrived at White Hart Lane in the middle of May, beginning the long job of demolishing a stadium that Tottenham...
Five talking points ahead of new Serie A season
The new Serie A season starts Saturday with Juventus aiming to win the title for the seventh season in a row.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Sursock Museum’s Twin Galleries is nowadays staging a two-piece exhibition of recent work by Damascus-born Hrair Sarkissian.
Hitman’s Bodyguard a fun, action-packed escape
There’s not a whole lot that’s new about “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”
How does Luis Fonsi savor his 'Despacito' success? Slowly
The global phenomenon "Despacito" may be overwhelming to many, but not to Luis Fonsi - even when it has transformed him into a 24/7 globe-trotter. The Puerto Rican...
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...
Star Wars Obi Wan spinoff in the works
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a “Star Wars” spinoff about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, U.S. media reported Thursday.
Two families recall their Haifa house
Highlighting a true and ongoing story from the Palestinian diaspora, the play “36 Abbas Street, Haifa” dramatizes an incident witnessed by Palestinian playwright and...
'Polka dot queen' Yayoi Kusama to open museum in Tokyo
World famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known as "the queen of polka dots", will open a museum exhibiting her works in Tokyo in October, an official said
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...
The global phenomenon "Despacito" may be overwhelming to many, but not to Luis Fonsi - even when it has transformed him into a 24/7 globe-trotter. The Puerto Rican sensation considers it a real blessing that the megahit arrived two decades into his career.
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.
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
'Star Wars' Obi Wan spin-off in the works: US media
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a "Star Wars" spin-off about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, US media reported on Thursday
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.
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 –...
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...
It’s a largely overlooked but gory reality of the New York City subway system that when someone takes their own life by jumping in front of a train, police need to find a place to put the mutilated body until a medical examiner truck arrives.
Demons and dragons: The history of solar eclipses
A dragon eating the sun. Make that a giant toad.
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.
Chasing eclipses across the globe a way of life
While Monday’s total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be a once-in-a-lifetime sky show for millions, there’s a small group of people who have experienced it all before...
Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better
Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and...
Frozen in time: Diana’s tragic fairytale
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...
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 digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were "dangerous" and threatened free expression online
‘Dragon captured,’ cargo arrives at space station
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
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