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Lebanon played major role in foiling Sydney terror plot: Machnouk

Lebanon played a major role in foiling a recent terror plot to blow up an Emirati airplane filled with 400 passengers bound for Abu Dhabi from Australia, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday.

Aoun signs tax, salary scale laws


After a delay, President Michel Aoun Monday signed the salary scale and tax hike laws that will increase a number of taxes including a 1 percentage point rise in the value added tax.

Millions of Americans hoping for clear sky as total solar eclipse nears


Millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses took up prime positions on Monday along a ribbon of land across the United States to marvel as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly a century began to unfold in Oregon

New Ain al-Hilweh clashes break out


Three Palestinians were wounded in renewed fighting in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh Monday as rival factions ignored a cease-fire call by the head of the Palestinian National Security Forces in Lebanon, Gen. Sobhi Abou al-Arab,…

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Climbers take Europe’s highest peak to inspire kids with cancer


Seven Lebanese climbers recently ascended the highest peak in Europe in solidarity with children undergoing cancer treatment, to encourage them to keep on fighting.

Ukraine war traps care home, clinic residents on front line


Tamara Makarovna spends her afternoons sitting in a dilapidated armchair upstairs in her care home, watching an old TV set and talking to her neighbors.

Iraqi forces close in on Daesh-held Tal Afar


Iraqi forces closed in Monday on Tal Afar on the second day of an offensive against the last major bastion of Daesh (ISIS) in the country’s north, seizing several villages around the city.

Ten missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide


The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning…


Turkey, Jordan call for 'serious' Mideast peace talks


Jordan's King Abdullah II and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Monday for new "serious and effective" peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the royal palace said


Spain attack fugitive 'dangerous', possibly 'armed': police


Spanish police warned Monday that the suspected driver of a van that mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona was dangerous and likely armed, as a manhunt for the Moroccan national widened across Europe

Biometric passports to be introduced for Lebanese diplomats


Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil announced Monday the implementation of a plan to supply all diplomatic figures in Lebanon with biometric passports to match international standards


Abu Sayyaf militants kill 9, wound 16 in Philippine village


Abu Sayyaf militants killed nine people and wounded 16 others in an early morning attack Monday on a southern Philippine village which may have been in retaliation for a series of battle setbacks, officials said.


Army gears up for final push as funerals held

The Lebanese Army’s engineering unit Monday worked to clear the liberated areas in the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa from landmines and IEDs as it prepared for the final push in its offensive against Daesh (ISIS).


Finland's knife attack suspect to appear in court, may be via video link


An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker will appear in court on Tuesday over a knife attack in the city of Turku that killed two women and wounded eight people in what police suspect is Finland's first terrorism-related assault

Hezbollah and the Syrian Army push against Daesh

Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced Monday against Daesh (ISIS) positions on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border, in the outskirts of western Qalamoun


Aoun inks salary scale and tax hike laws

President Michel Aoun signed Monday morning both the salary scale and tax hike laws, putting to rest long-running speculation that he might not approve the legislation

Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse


Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century


Ain al-Hilweh fighting despite calls for ceasefire

Tensions soared again in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh Monday, as heavy gunfire exchanges between Fatah Movement and extremists echoed in the main conflict zone of al-Fawqani Street

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city


Russia has boosted its air campaign in Syria to help President Bashar Assad's forces drive Daesh (ISIS) militants from Deir al-Zor, the largest city in which they still have a major presence


RECAP: Day 3 of Fajr al-Joroud operation

As the Lebanese Army's Fajr al-Joroud offensive against Daesh (ISIS) militants on the northeastern border around Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa entered its third day Monday, the Army prepared the ground for the final phase of the offensive and…

Sunday, Aug 20

Army secures swift gains over Daesh

The Lebanese Army had liberated two-thirds of Daesh- (ISIS) occupied territories on the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa by Sunday evening.

Statue of Saint Charbel begins pilgrimage to Faraya

Lebanon’s largest statue of Saint Charbel began its pilgrimage from the Jounieh town of Haret Sakhr to its installation site early Sunday, state media reported

Three soldiers killed in offensive against Daesh

Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one wounded Sunday after their vehicle detonated a landmine on the Dowar al-Najasa road near the border town of Arsal, the Lebanese Army announced in statement.

RECAP: Day 2 of Fajr al-Joroud operation

The Lebanese Army’s Fajr al-Joroud (Dawn of the Outskirts) offensive entered its second day Sunday, inflicting casualties on the Army as it advanced on positions held by Daesh (ISIS) militants in the outskirts of the northeastern towns of…

Saturday, Aug 19

Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel police

A Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead, an Israeli police spokeswoman said.

Shelling causes widespread fires near south Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh camp

South Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Saturday saw intense shelling from Fatah Movement against extremists and the withdrawal of Hamas Movement from the coalition of Palestinian parties maintaining security in the camp, a source told The Daily Star

Daesh members surrender to Hezbollah in Syria

Militants from Daesh (ISIS) have started to lay down their arms and surrendered to Syrian and Hezbollah forces Saturday after a major offensive in Syrian Qalamoun near the Lebanese border, the party's War Media Center reported

Recap Day 1: Army launches Fajr al-Joroud operation against Daesh

The Lebanese launched 'Fajr al-Joroud' operation against Daesh (ISIS) positions on the outskirts of al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek towns Saturday.

Friday, Aug 18

Beirut port website hacked by 'Saudi Electronic Army'

The Port fo Beirut website Friday appears to have been hacked by a group calling themselves the Saudi Electronic Army.

Hariri meets with Army chief ahead of battle

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun Friday at the PM’s Beirut residence, ahead of the Army's imminent battle with Daesh (ISIS) in the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa

Fight breaks out amongst panhandlers in Hamra

A fierce brawl broke out amongst panhandlers in Hamra Friday morning, after several of the persons involved reserved sidewalk places for others, a security source told The Daily Star

Wary calm descends on Ain al-Hilweh

Despite the security developments that shook the camp Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star that Ain al-Hilweh is unlikely to descend into further chaos owing to the efforts of the Joint Palestinian Security Force.

Thursday, Aug 17

U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades: allied militia


Washington’s main Syrian ally in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the militants are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

Electricity crisis back to square one pending tenders

The Cabinet Thursday scrapped previous bids to lease power barges to improve electricity supply in the summer and demanded a fresh tender with new conditions, bringing the long-running issue back to square one amid ministers’ rifts over…

Criticism grows over Netanyahu's response to US neo-Nazism

Criticism grew Thursday over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's limited response to a US white supremacist rally and President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about it, with calls for him to speak out against anti-Semitism.

Cabinet annuls previous electricity bids

Cabinet Thursday annulled all previous bids to lease power barges and sent a fresh tender, with new conditions, to the Tenders Department