Friday, Feb 23


Syria desperately needs a pathway to stability


The abiding image from last weekend’s security conference in Munich was of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu theatrically brandishing a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over Israel a week before – and starkly warning Tehran: Do not test…

Congo bribe probe puts Israeli billionaire’s future on hold


A 20-year friendship that helped turn Dan Gertler into a billionaire has left the Israeli businessman with a lot fewer places to go.


Turkey navy 'threatens force' against Italy drillship: Cyprus


Five Turkish warships threatened to engage an Italian drillship Friday as it tried to break a blockade and explore for gas off the coast of Cyprus, Cypriot officials said.


Aoun invites Israel to resort to arbitration in border dispute

President Michel Aoun this week said he was confident in Lebanon’s claim to territory along a disputed border with Israel, and invited the Jewish state to resort to arbitration on the issue.


Aoun reaffirms historicties with Armenia

Lebanon and Armenia reinforced ties Thursday as President Michel Aoun met with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and Speaker Ara Babloyan.


Satterfield's shuttle diplomacy sees late night meetings

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield held a late night meeting with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Thursday that ended at nearly midnight, sources close to the ministry told The Daily Star.

Thursday, Feb 22


Egypt: Dispute resolved on Israel gas deal


Egypt said it was settling financial disputes with an Israeli electricity company and a key pipeline operator to turn a $15 billion deal to import gas from the Jewish state into reality.

Lebanon reserves recovered after crisis, reform still critical

Lebanon’s foreign-currency reserves have recovered from the shock of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s surprise resignation, proving the resiliency of the country’s financial system, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said.

Hariri calls for McKinsey & Company cooperation


Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday called on state institutions to cooperate with McKinsey & Co. in order to help the company formulate a new economic vision for Lebanon.

Want to run for Parliament? Got $5,000? Here’s how

With just 13 days until the deadline for candidates to register for the May 6 parliamentary elections, there’s still time to submit names and – it seems – the competition is still thin on the ground.

‘Cold-blooded execution’ of Palestinian by Israeli troops

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the West Bank Thursday, in what the Palestinian Authority is describing as a cold-blooded execution.


400 kilos of cocaine found in Russian embassy in Argentina

Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.


Iran warns on nuke deal if banks cannot do business

Iran's top nuclear negotiator for its 2015 deal with international powers warned Thursday that the agreement was under threat unless foreign businesses and banks were able to trade freely in the country.

Turkey says won't allow 'one-sided' gas search off Cyprus


Turkey's energy minister says his country won't allow Cyprus' government to carry out a "unilateral" gas search off the east Mediterranean island.


Israel wants solution to maritime border dispute


Israel wants a solution to the maritime border dispute with Lebanon in order to not scare away potential oil companies from its own waters, a Lebanese diplomatic source told The Daily Star Wednesday.


Tripartite talks held over ongoing border dispute


A tripartite meeting between the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon, the Lebanese Army and Israeli army was held Thursday morning as discussions are ongoing to resolve a dispute over the Lebanese-Israeli U.N. demarcated…

Syrian govt forces enter Kurdish-held Aleppo area: witness


Syrian government forces entered an area of Aleppo controlled by Kurdish militia, a witness in the city and a Britain-based war monitor said Thursday.


Saudi Arabia to invest $64 bn in entertainment in next decade


Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a programme of social and economic reforms.

Wednesday, Feb 21


Yevgeniy Prigozhin: The Zelig of Russian covert action


Every good spy story needs a shadowy operative who does the dirty work for the boss, and thanks to the indictment issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, we now have a nominee for that role in the Russia investigation.

State Security confirms arrest of suspected gay employee

A member of State Security was arrested this week on suspicion of being gay, a spokesperson from the agency confirmed Wednesday, after reports in local media said security agencies were undertaking a campaign to combat homosexuality in…

Sustainable house finds alternate purpose for tires


While burning tires have long been a fixture at Lebanese protests, one forward-thinking architect dreams of a society where used and rejected tires are instead repurposed to build homes.

Hariri wagers IT will develop economy

Prime Minister Saad Hariri opened the 9th ArabNet conference Wednesday with an upbeat speech about the promising future of technology and IT in Lebanon, two days after unveiling the $48 million fund for startups.

Cyprus nears gas deal with Egypt

Cyprus is nearing an agreement to sell natural gas to Egypt, marking the second potential supply deal in as many days with the North African country vying to position itself as a regional energy hub after the startup of the giant offshore…

President says Egypt ‘scored a goal’ with Israel gas deal

The Egyptian president declared Wednesday that his country scored a goal by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.

Hariri pleads with youth to impose change ahead of vote

Declaring his faith in the Lebanese youth, Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday appealed to young men and women to impose change in Lebanon as the country is bracing to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years.


Aoun calls on expats in Armenia to vote

President Michel Aoun called on Lebanese expatriates to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections as he arrived in Armenia Wednesday on an official visit.


Forum presents 3,000 job opportunities for Lebanese youth

A forum focusing on encouraging creativity among Lebanese youth and tackling the phenomenon of brain drain in the country held its opening ceremony Wednesday.


Daesh recruit arrested for planning attack on Army bus


General Security arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning to carry out an attack against the Lebanese Army for Daesh (ISIS), a statement from the security agency reported Wednesday.


Netanyahu confidant agrees to testify against him: reports

One of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has agreed to testify against him in a graft probe in a fresh blow to his long tenure in power, Israeli media reported Wednesday.


France to unveil controversial migrant law


The French government is set to unveil a tough new immigration bill Wednesday that is proving one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macron's young presidency.