Israeli drone incident an aggression on Lebanon’s sovereignty and safety, another chapter in continuing violations: Aoun
Lebanese govt will take proper action against any threat to national security, stability: Hariri
Lebanese govt will take proper action against any threat to national security, stability: Hariri
NKorea tests new 'super-large' multiple rocket launcher
North Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a "newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher," another demonstration of its...
Why is part of the Amazon burning?
The thousands of fires burning in the Amazon don't look like the major forest fires of Europe or North America – instead, they are fueled mainly by branches, vegetation...
Iran blacklists US-based think-tank: ministry
Iran has blacklisted U.S.-based think-tank the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its chief Mark Dubowitz on accusations of being behind "economic terrorism"...
Stranded Lebanese tourists start returning home
The first wave of Lebanese tourists who were stuck in Turkey after being duped by a tourism agency has arrived back in Beirut, an airport source told The Daily Star...
Turkey wants to help boost Lebanese economy
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that his country was interested in bolstering the Lebanese economy and would continue to support it.
No justice yet for Tripoli bombings
Friday marked six years since one of Lebanon’s deadliest bombings took place in Tripoli at two different mosques in 2013, despite no verdict being issued yet.
North Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a "newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher," another demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal apparently aimed at increasing its leverage ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks with the U.S.
FBI takes down Nigerian fraudsters
The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It...
Britain's Prince Andrew denies witnessing Epstein abuse
Britain's Prince Andrew insisted Saturday that "at no stage" during his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein did he "witness... any behavior of the sort...
EU must drop backstop to avoid a no-deal Brexit: Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the European Union needed to drop its insistence on the Irish backstop to avoid a "no deal" Brexit.
Iran has blacklisted U.S.-based think-tank the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its chief Mark Dubowitz on accusations of being behind "economic terrorism" against the Islamic republic.
Israel airstrikes on Syria kill two Hezbollah fighters, one Iranian: Observatory
Car blast, airstrikes hit Syria's Idlib city: Observatory
A car bomb exploded in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib Saturday, an activist group and opposition news channel said, as airstrikes hit its outskirts in a government...
Flights suspended at Libya airport after rocket fire
Flights were temporarily suspended Saturday at the Libyan capital's sole functioning airport after it was hit by a rocket as two civilian flights were landing, airport...
Shots fired at tourist guide bus in Jordan, no injuries: Ammon news agency
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying tourist guides near Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a major tourist attraction, but there were no injuries, Ammon news...
Lebanon vowed Friday to cut the budget deficit, implement reforms and speed up the release of the 2020 draft budget after rating agencies Standards & Poor’s and Fitch gave mixed verdict of Lebanon’s financial situation.
Khalil: Economy not threatened by ratings downgrade
Lebanon’s economy will bounce back regardless of its credit ratings by international agencies, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Friday ahead of a much-anticipated...
Iran to strike four zeroes from its currency
Iran’s president sent a bill to Parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic’s sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as...
Egypt’s economic wins may seal rate cut
Egypt is poised to cut interest rates for the first time in six months as easing inflation and currency stability look set to override concerns of an emerging-market...
Trump prods U.S. firms to shut China operations
President Donald Trump said Friday he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China and make more of their products in the United...
Lebanese banks need to adjust: Baz
The name Freddie Baz has been associated with Bank Audi for almost 28 years.
Finance Ministry: S&P maintains Lebanon's B- rating
Finance Ministry: S&P maintains Lebanon's B- rating
Ratings report serves as reminder of "utmost necessity" for govt efforts to enact reforms: Khalil
Iran’s president sent a bill to Parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic’s sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington.
Economic growth is making many Egyptians poorer
If Egypt is the Middle East’s fastest-growing economy, why are so more and more Egyptians becoming poorer?
Qatar to build new port in Somalia’s Hobyo
Qatar plans to build a new seaport at Somalia’s Hobyo, a potentially strategic investment in an area of East Africa fiercely contested by Gulf rivals.
How Iran uses currency reforms to withstand Trump
U.S. sanctions are battering Iran’s economy.
President Donald Trump said Friday he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China and make more of their products in the United States instead, sending U.S. markets down sharply in a new rhetorical strike at Beijing as trade tensions mounted.
Venezuela turns to European cash after sanctions
From supermarket checkouts in the capital Caracas to electronics stores in the central city of Maracay, Venezuelans struggling with hyperinflation and a deep economic...
Powell stops short of committing to rate cuts
The Federal Reserve will “act as appropriate” to keep the U.S. economy healthy, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said Friday, remarks that did not say how fast it might cut...
U.S. deficit to exceed $1 trillion
The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal...
Nobel prize-winning idea piles debt on millions
With no bank account to his name, J. Barasa still found a lender to finance his passion for gambling on football.
All of Lebanon has been waiting with bated breath for Standard & Poor’s report, due later today, on the country’s credit rating.
Handle with care
There’s no avoiding the fact that Lebanon’s economy is in a critical state, and something must be done to set it back on the path to recovery in order to ease concerns...
The fall and rise of public heroism
Recently I watched “The Man Who Was Too Free,” a moving documentary about the Russian dissident politician Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down in front of the Kremlin in...
Narendra Modi’s new-model India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi likes to practice what American generals call “shock and awe.”
China challenge is America’s new Sputnik moment
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable...
Hands off the Taif Accord
It took 15 years and tens of thousands killed, displaced and scattered around the world, for Lebanon’s tribes to realize they had no choice but to coexist in peace and...
At a time when Lebanon needs everyone to go beyond the call of duty to safeguard the nation’s interests, we are instead witnessing the same old games meant to advance...
Recently I watched “The Man Who Was Too Free,” a moving documentary about the Russian dissident politician Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down in front of the Kremlin in 2015.
Managing next gold rush
The International Seabed Authority sits perched above the concrete boardwalk of Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor, across the bay from the spot where “Calico Jack” Rackham was...
Is Britain becoming a failed state?
What is a failed state?
Trump’s war on evidence
Decision-making based on evidence rather than superstition was a driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, and the collection of statistics has, accordingly,...
One of the weirdest aspects of this year’s Democratic presidential campaign is that foreign policy, potentially one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most vulnerable issues, has been nearly absent from the debate.
In U.S.-China ties, ‘friction is the new normal’
Where is the United States heading in its confrontation with China, which moved this week from a trade dispute to a currency battle - with more dangerous tests in Hong...
U.S. intelligence shakeup could be risky
Among intelligence professionals, President Trump’s nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America’s spy agencies prompted deep dismay - but...
A U.S. ally in Syria confronts new threats
In the direct and disciplined voice of Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Syrian Kurdish militia, you can hear the determination that has made the Kurds a great...
Eight-time holders Juventus begin their title defense and Napoli will be looking for their first Scudetto in 30 years as Serie A returns in Italy this weekend.
Bayern hope Coutinho arrival will spark season
New loan signings Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho are both hoping they’ll get to make their Bundesliga debuts as champions Bayern Munich attempt to reboot a rocky...
Serena, Sharapova to meet at U.S. Open
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match.
Federer, Djokovic advance as Serena pulls out
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic overwhelmed opponents at the WTA-ATP Cincinnati Masters Tuesday, where Serena Williams withdrew because of back trouble.
Archer takes six as Australia all out for 179
Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at...
Juventus begin Serie A defense without Sarri
Juventus begin their Serie A campaign at Parma Saturday looking to push their record Scudetto run to nine but with a different style of football under new coach...
Five things to watch for in new Serie A season
Neighbors Inter Milan and AC Milan both start under new coaches, Fiorentina will be under new ownership while racism will be lurking uncomfortably near the surface in...
Stay greedy, Klopp tells title-chasing Liverpool
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his players to “stay greedy” in pursuit of an elusive Premier League title as they prepare for their first big test of the season...
Kyrgios reverts to form with towel tantrum
Nick Kyrgios looked to have turned over a new leaf in recent weeks, his playful banter with fans and improved focus helping him produce some of his best tennis, but his...
Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field
Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads the field for the ATP Montreal Masters that starts Monday with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opting out of the key U.S. Open...
Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley Thursday.
Batting order key for England in Smith absence
The absence through injury of leading Australia batsman Steve Smith gives England a golden chance to level the Ashes series in the third test at Headingley, but the...
Ruling Smith out of third test a ‘no-brainer’
Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test beginning Thursday after suffering concussion, a decision coach Justin Langer said was a...
Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt
Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn’t start to work until they were deep in the fourth round.
Australia’s Lyon rips through England at Ashes
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through England’s batting lineup as the hosts lost the first Ashes Test by 251 runs after being bowled out for 146 in their second...
Honda’s world champion Marc Marquez won the rain-affected Czech MotoGP in Brno Sunday, his sixth victory of the season, and became only the fourth rider to achieve 50 premier-class victories.
Hamilton hunts down Verstappen to win
F1 leader Lewis Hamilton hunted down Max Verstappen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record-extending seventh time Sunday and surge 62 points clear in the...
Marquez in charge as MotoGP resumes in Brno
As Moto GP teams and riders gather in Brno for Sunday’s Czech GP to kick off the second half of the season, there is no doubt that defending champion Marc Marquez...
Gasly and Verstappen lead Hungarian GP practice
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly finished ahead of teammate Max Verstappen in a rain-affected second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix Friday.
Verstappen looms large in Hamilton’s rear mirror
After two stunning wins in three races, the force in Formula One is with Max Verstappen, who will this weekend bid for another victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
World-famous Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, in collaboration with an array of local and international partners, will launch a cultural event across three locations Sunday.
Going on tour with Palestine Youth Orchestra
Most international musicians would baulk at the notion of a two-day journey to final rehearsals past military checkpoints on alert for weapons smugglers.
Rob Hart’s ‘The Warehouse’ is whip-smart thriller
Futuristic thrillers such as “1984,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” succeed because the plots harbor more than a few kernels of truth that make the stories...
Stars rally around Elissa after retirement decision
The pop star Elissa received an outpouring of support over the past 24 hours, calling for her to reconsider a recent decision to quit the music industry that she has...
'Scared' US rapper A$AP Rocky testifies in Sweden assault trial
U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky Thursday told a Stockholm court he felt "scared" and had tried to "walk away" before a street brawl, in an assault case that has stirred...
‘Angel Has Fallen,’ and so has the franchise
There is a certain mindless pleasure in the “Fallen” movies.
Michael Jackson art show opens in Finland
An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organizers insisting it was not a “celebration” of the singer, still dogged by abuse...
The pop star Elissa received an outpouring of support over the past 24 hours, calling for her to reconsider a recent decision to quit the music industry that she has likened to the mafia.
In the searing heat of Dubai, some of the world’s top racehorses are being swathed in freezing nitrogen mist to boost their performance.
‘Otterly adorable?’ Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk
Social media users are fueling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend could push...
Heart attacks halved by daily polypill: study
A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third, and heart attacks by...
U.S. scientists announce 3-D heart printing
U.S. scientists announced early Friday they have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen with a 3-D bioprinter, using a breakthrough technique they...
An unusual haven in the mountains of Akkar
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks...
Russia sends first humanoid robot into space
Russia Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station.
Cuba in love again with the beard and it’s not about Fidel
Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro’s revolution, but after falling out of favor, facial hair is back - and this...
U.K. supermarkets test plastic-free zones
British supermarkets are starting to go “nude.”
A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts cardiovascular disease as a whole by a third, and heart attacks by more than half, researchers said Friday.
Clues on diet’s impact on cancer treatment
Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment...
The winding road leading into the mountains in Chambouq, above the village of Qobeiyat on the far edge of Akkar overlooking the Syrian border, is pitted from the trucks carrying loads of watermelons and other goods from the Bekaa Valley.
There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.
Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet - or at least on Facebook.
Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon
An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits.
How to outsmart smartphone scammers
Your smartphone is your confidant, your connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities.
Chlamydia vaccine shows hope in early tests
The first chlamydia vaccine encouragingly triggered an immune response in women during preliminary clinical trials and was found to be safe, researchers said Tuesday.
Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canal-side streets of Amsterdam - and that’s how they want it to stay.
‘Chernobyl’ series sends visitors to Lithuania
A HBO miniseries featuring Soviet-era nuclear nightmares has sparked global interest in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and boosted tourism in Lithuania.
Sicily lures visitors with ‘ethical tourism’ free of Mafia taint
At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily has lured hordes of visitors in its 2,500-year history.
Many high-profile figures seeking to denounce the fires in the Amazon - from Madonna and Cristiano Ronaldo to Leonardo DiCaprio and France’s President Emmanuel Macron - have unwittingly ended up misleading millions on social media, either sharing photographs of the region that are years old or images taken in other parts of the world.
Nations eye trade in endangered species
From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction.
Mussels as ‘superfilters’ against pollution
Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution.
Climate deniers get far more media play: study
Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fueling public confusion and slowing the response to global...
Diet a major factor in global warming: report
Not everyone needs to become a vegetarian, much less vegan, to keep the planet from overheating, but it would surely make things easier if they did.