Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots.
Activists call for Parliament to take up 'complete' nationality law reform
A group of activists campaigning for reforms to Lebanon’s nationality law, who have rejected a recent proposal from the National Commission for Lebanese Women, called...
Ex-US Marine accused of spying by Russia asks Trump to help
A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he...
Pilot David Henderson named in Sala manslaughter arrest
A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala was on Thursday named by the Times newspaper as pilot David Henderson.
US national security adviser Bolton to travel to Israel
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton will travel to Israel Sunday to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.
Lebanese men remain in Syria despite multiple attempts at release
Two members of Lebanese State Security remain detained in Syria despite “several attempts to release them,” a State Security source told The Daily Star Thursday.
Lebanon a second home for Saudi tourists: envoy
Saudi tourists consider Lebanon “to be their second home” and look forward to visiting the country, the head of a Saudi Shura Council delegation told President Michel...
Security analyst says Australian teen was Daesh propagandist
The eldest child of a convicted Australian-Lebanese terrorist who has pleading for repatriation from a Syrian refugee camp has been a Daesh (ISIS) propagandist who...
A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he appeared in court at an appeal hearing Thursday.
Pakistan says it will create gender-based violence courts
Pakistan's top judge has vowed to set up more than 100 gender-based violence courts in the patriarchal country regularly ranked as among the most dangerous in the world...
New UK PM must change red lines to renegotiate Brexit deal: Dutch PM
Delaying Brexit beyond Oct. 31 for further negotiation would be pointless unless Prime Minister Theresa May's successor changes Britain's red lines, Dutch PM Mark Rutte...
Four jailed for life in Austria migrant death truck case
Four human traffickers were jailed for life in a final ruling in a Hungarian court on Thursday for the deaths of 71 migrants whose decomposing bodies were found crammed...
Iraq officially invites pope to visit
President Barham Saleh has sent an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit Iraq after the pontiff said he would like to travel to the Muslim country despite...
US adds Saudi Arabia, Cuba to blacklist on human trafficking
The United States Thursday added Saudi Arabia and Cuba to its blacklist of countries that it says are not doing enough to fight human trafficking, a designation that...
Putin: US attack on Iran would be a catastrophe
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that a U.S. military attack on Iran would be a catastrophe for the Middle East that would trigger a surge in violence and...
Three rescuers among 15 civilians killed by Syria regime fire
Regime bombardment killed 15 civilians including seven children and three rescue workers in extremist-run northwest Syria Thursday, as fighting killed dozens on the...
The head of the state-owned Regie tobacco company warned Wednesday that increasing the prices of cigarettes would lead to a surge in smuggling.
Project Lebanon: Big hopes, fewer companies
The sharp drop in the number of Lebanese and international companies taking part in a major construction and contracting event in Beirut was a clear indication that the...
China can’t see Huawei Iran data: prosecutors
Some evidence used to charge Huawei Technologies Co. with bank fraud and violating U.S. sanctions on Iran was deemed so sensitive that the Chinese telecom giant’s...
Toyota snub dents Saudi manufacturing drive
Saudi Arabia began courting Toyota two years ago to build a large car plant as part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s grand plan to wean the kingdom off oil...
Fed holds rates steady, signals possible cuts
The U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady Wednesday but signaled possible rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of this year, as...
Fixing Lebanon’s power problems through PPPs
The perennial problems of electricity in Lebanon, the details of which we are naturally more privy to as a result of our role as one of the Distribution Service...
CMA CGM chair pledges more Lebanon investment
The chairman and CEO of CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, has expressed keen interest in maintaining investment in his country of origin, Lebanon.
Ghosn’s wife urges Trump to talk to Abe
The wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn called upon U.S. President Donald Trump to raise her husband’s case with Japan’s prime minister at a summit of world leaders...
Some evidence used to charge Huawei Technologies Co. with bank fraud and violating U.S. sanctions on Iran was deemed so sensitive that the Chinese telecom giant’s lawyers must now take unusual steps to review the information - and even then, the company may never see it.
Firm led by ex-UBS banker to bid for Abraaj funds
A boutique investment firm founded by former UBS Group AG banker Yassine Bouhara is bidding to buy funds managed by the collapsed Abraaj Group, according to a proposal...
Saudi Arabian Airlines places big Airbus order
Saudi Arabian Airlines, the kingdom’s national airline, said Tuesday it had ordered 65 A320neo-type aircraft from Airbus, worth more than $7.4 billion at list prices,...
Turkey on brink of economic tipping point
Hizir Albayrak began work in a tiny children’s store in the Istanbul bazaar 25 years ago, in the same year that future President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took over as mayor...
The U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady Wednesday but signaled possible rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of this year, as it responded to increased economic uncertainty and a drop in expected inflation.
Fed signals law on its side over Powell
The world’s most powerful central bank is making clear it thinks the law is on its side if President Donald Trump tries to remove Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve...
Airbus fights back with big-name buyers
Airbus sealed deals with big-name buyers for its latest passenger jet at the Paris Airshow Wednesday, battling back from the potential loss of a major customer a day...
European stock markets pause before Fed update
European stock markets steadied Wednesday after the previous session’s strong rally, as investors await a key monetary policy update from the Federal Reserve.
Facebook betting high on own currency
Facebook Inc. unveiled plans for a new cryptocurrency that the social-media giant hopes will one day trade on a global scale much like the U.S. dollar.
It’s safe to say that we have seen tolerance for racism around the world drop drastically in recent decades, even in Africa and South America.
Let’s hope that the stockpiles of venom and slander leveled against Prime Minister Saad Hariri - either by design or flagrant insinuation - and against what he...
Economic lessons from Everest
Like many others, I was shocked by recent images showing the size of the queue that formed in May to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, from the Nepalese...
Europe must answer the climate call
In early 2015, the European Union became the first major economy to set a post-2020 target for limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Is Iran-U.S. tinderbox about to ignite?
As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from...
Deal with the devil
A recent article on the Khartoum massacre in respected daily The Guardian headlined, “The military crackdown in Sudan lays bare the dark heart of Bashir’s regime.”
Palestine not for sale
U.S. President Donald Trump has distinguished himself in that any statement, speech or tweet he makes immediately receives the fact sheet treatment, highlighting...
Recent days have seen FPM leader Gebran Bassil navigating Lebanese politics in a rudderless boat, overloaded with delusions of grandeur, sailing into uncharted waters.
Like many others, I was shocked by recent images showing the size of the queue that formed in May to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, from the Nepalese side.
Immigrant bashing is not the answer for the left
Is a hard-line position on immigration the key to electoral success for Europe’s beleaguered center-left?
The world is running out of time
In 2015, the international community launched a renewed effort to tackle collective global challenges under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development...
Fiscal money can make or break the euro
It’s a curious feeling to watch your plan being deployed to do the opposite of what you intended.
As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of “unprovoked attacks” near the Strait of Hormuz, video screens behind him showed thick black smoke billowing from the two tankers that were struck Thursday.
Trump’s actions, D-Day words clash
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke the right words in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but did he mean them?
Mueller went out like a lamb
What happens when one side in a dispute plays carefully by the rules and the other side repeatedly lies, threatens and intimidates?
Will Trump ease up on Huawei? Don’t be so sure
With the Huawei case, as with so many other Trump administration gambits, the puzzling question is whether the president is using tough tactics to make a deal - or...
Accept responsibility for your militants
For sheer hypocrisy, it’s hard to match the European nations that are refusing responsibility for dozens of their nationals who became militant “foreign fighters” over...
Neymar is on the verge of a sensational return to Barcelona just two years after leaving the Catalan club, according to multiple reports emanating from Europe.
Hummels returns to Dortmund
Veteran defender Mats Hummels will hope to reboot his career at former club Borussia Dortmund next season after finding himself surplus to requirements with both Bayern...
Federer opens grass season with victory in Halle
Roger Federer began his run-up to Wimbledon with a win as he beat Australian John Millman in straight sets to reach the second round of the ATP tournament in Halle...
Golden trio tightening grip on men’s game
It has been more than 15 years since Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began their collection of Grand Slam titles and the bad news for anyone eyeing...
Davis trade a win-win for both sides
The saga is over.
Spain coach Enrique resigns for personal reasons
Spain coach Luis Enrique resigned from the team Wednesday, three months after temporarily stepping aside for personal reasons, with his No. 2 Robert Moreno taking on...
Record-breaking Marta fires Brazil into World Cip knockouts
Marta became the leading scorer in the history of the men's and women's World Cups Tuesday after firing home the penalty that downed Italy and secured Brazil's place in...
Platini questioned in 2022 World Cup probe
The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was held for questioning Tuesday in connection with a criminal probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Roger Federer began his run-up to Wimbledon with a win as he beat Australian John Millman in straight sets to reach the second round of the ATP tournament in Halle Tuesday.
Paris bookends remarkable decade for Barty
Ashleigh Barty hated her first trip to Paris but 10 years later, after one of the more remarkable tennis journeys, she woke up in the French capital Sunday as queen of...
Nadal claims record-stretching 12th French Open
Defying the years and one of the most fierce onslaughts he has ever faced at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal won his 12th French Open crown Sunday, leaving Dominic Thiem...
Federer suffers worst Slam loss in 11 years
Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals Friday, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros...
Fury downs Schwarz in second-round TKO
British heavyweight Tyson Fury made quick work of German Tom Schwarz Saturday as he danced and jabbed his way to a dominant second-round TKO before finishing his...
Leonard’s future with Raptors blurry
The Toronto Raptors took down the dynastic Golden State Warriors to win Canada’s first NBA title but now face perhaps their toughest battle yet as they try to convince...
A global game now has a truly global champ
The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room.
Injuries pile up, Warriors’ reign ends
In the end, they were just battered and broken.
A planned boycott by players of the Lebanese national rugby league team of an upcoming fixture was narrowly avoided Wednesday, after the sport’s international federation mediated between the players and the national federation.
Semenya says IAAF used her as ‘human guinea pig’
Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya has accused the global athletics governing body of using her as a human guinea pig, as it emerged that the IAAF had sought to...
St. Louis’ Stanley Cup triumph a new dawn
Few Stanley Cup trophies have ever been as heavy as the one earned Wednesday by the St. Louis Blues, who lifted the weight of a championship-starved city that had long...
Woods, Koepka ready for classic U.S. Open test
The 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach has the makings of a classic as Tiger Woods returns to the scene of a signature triumph to take on a new generation of stars led by...
'Very seriously' injured Froome out of Tour de France
Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after hitting a wall at high speed and suffering severe injuries in a training accident at the Criterium du Dauphine...
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won his home Grand Prix of Catalunya Sunday after Honda teammate Jorge Lorenzo took out the Spaniard’s main rivals in a mass crash on the second lap.
Alonso gets second Le Mans win, title with Toyota
Double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso struck lucky and won the Le Mans 24 Hours sports car race for the second year in a row Sunday with Toyota teammates Kazuki...
Hamilton takes controversial Canada win
Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ record winning start to a season Sunday when he was handed a controversial victory, courtesy of a disputed stewards’ decision to...
Hamilton and Mercedes set their sights on seven
The sevens are aligning for Lewis Hamilton in Canada with another of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One records in his sights as Mercedes aim for a seventh win in seven...
Petrucci takes first MotoGP win at Mugello
Danilo Petrucci, an Italian riding for local team Ducati, held off defending world champion Marc Marquez to gain a first ever MotoGP victory Sunday in the Italian Grand...
On the far side of a foam mat, a pair of videos run.
London gallery chief quits after spyware report
The head of London’s Serpentine Galleries Yana Peel has resigned following a newspaper report about her links to a controversial Israeli spyware firm.
US fashion icon, socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dead at 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes...
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for operas, films and television, has died in Rome at the age of 96.
Tunisia fights looting of cultural heritage
Standing near the shrine of the Sufi saint Sidi Bou Ghanem in western Tunisia, Karim points to the earth.
Gun 'Van Gogh killed himself with' sells for 162,000 euros
The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself sold for 162,500 euros ($182,000) at a Paris auction Wednesday – nearly three times the...
UAE gift helps France reopen ‘forgotten theater’
An exquisite 19th-century French theater outside Paris that fell into disuse for 1 1/2 centuries has been restored with the help of a 10 million euro ($11.2 million)...
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in U.S. history, died Monday at the age of 95, her son CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper said.
Rolling out her concept of fashion that is not a slave to the seasons or the shackles of Fashion Week, Rihanna opened the second pop-up shop of her Fenty brand in New York Tuesday, a month after the launch of the new fashion house in Paris.
Jamaican bank sells recovery with songs
Jamaica’s central bank thinks the country’s economy is doing very well and it is using an instantly recognizable symbol of the island to get this message to the people:...
Lower trust in vaccines among people in richer countries: survey
People in Europe have the lowest levels of trust in vaccines, according to a global survey of public attitudes toward health and science published Wednesday.
Aerosol chemo offers hope for stomach cancer
“Classic chemotherapy was awful … but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new...
Boozy Jordanian app set to get Lebanon Woozy
Beirutis who love their booze will soon be in for a treat.
Paris men’s fashion returns to ancient Roman
It was not quite the return of the toga, but Spanish wunderkind Alejandro Gomez Palomo turned the fashion clock back 2,000 years at his Paris men’s show Tuesday.
Everest climbers smash records amid deadly bottlenecks
A record 885 people climbed Everest in May this year, figures showed Tuesday, capping a deadly traffic-clogged season that also saw 11 climbers die on the world’s...
In Germany, activists battle food waste with dumpster diving
Wearing a balaclava and a headlamp under the cover of night, Andrea slips under an imposing fence into the backyard of a Berlin supermarket.
U.S. measles outbreak hits 1,022 cases this year
The United States' worst measles outbreak in a quarter-century spread to Idaho and Virginia last week as public health authorities Monday reported 41 new cases of the...
Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded –...
Schools reckon with social stress: 'I'm on my phone so much'
High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices...
Souk el Tayeb celebrates 15th anniversary
“I used to bake saj at home,” Rima Massoud recalled. “At first I was embarrassed to take my saj oven down to the market.
Eating options sprout as veganism takes root
Patrick Aramouni, also known as “the Shirtless Vegan” on Instagram, came to Lebanon two months ago for the sole purpose of opening a vegan restaurant.
Proof’s in the pastry for Lebanese culinary scene
Flour milling has always been the Bakalian sisters’ family business.
Dancing, discarded food at anti-waste Disco Soup
At the Badaro Farmers Market, a group of volunteers prepare and hand out lemonade and tomato soup to passersby.
For years, scientists have used a tool akin to a pair of scissors for the complex task of gene-editing, but a newly discovered technique using “jumping genes” could offer a seamless, safer alternative.
Star Wars game creator tries to rival Fortnite
Electronic Arts Inc., creator of a Star Wars line of video games, showed off two of its newest titles, illustrating how the industry is wrestling to compete with the...
Ai-Da, humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition
Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper.
A lucky few will be able to live the adventures of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in 80 Days.”
NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020
NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station for tourism and other business ventures as of next year, as it seeks to financially disengage from the...
Pioneering sustainable tourism in Bangladesh
The sandy shores of Cox’s Bazar dissolve into the Bay of Bengal, and on either end into the horizon.
Bangladesh, off the beaten track
Many will have heard of Bangladesh as a populous country with a large majority-Muslim population, sitting on the Bay of Bengal next to its much larger neighbor, India.
Istanbul’s ferry can be a soulful experience
It’s already one of the world’s most original commutes the ferry trip between Istanbul’s European and Asian sides gives a daily quarter of a million passengers...
A rainforest area the size of Spain will have been destroyed by firms growing consumer staples such as palm oil in the decade to 2020, industry’s self-imposed deadline to end deforestation, Greenpeace said Tuesday.
Iraqis turn to ecotourism to save marshes
Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down...