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Military Tribunal sentences four men in absentia for 2014 car bombings


The Military Tribunal sentenced a group of four men in absentia Tuesday for conducting terrorist attacks that rocked Dahr al-Baidar and Tayyouneh just days apart in June 2014, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Chinese VP Wang meets Israeli, Palestinian officials


China's vice president has met with Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a three-day trip to the region.

Saudis offer Pakistan $6 bln rescue package to ease economic crisis


Saudi Arabia has agreed to give Pakistan $3 billion in foreign currency support for a year and a further loan worth up to $3 billion in deferred payments for oil imports to help stave off a current account crisis, Pakistan's government…

US to 'demand answers' after Erdogan account of journalist death: Pence


US Vice President Mike Pence vowed Tuesday to press Saudi Arabia for answers over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's "brutal murder" after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the killing inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate was…

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Saudi, Bahrain add Iran's Revolutionary Guards to terror lists


Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it and Bahrain had added Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and senior officers of its Quds Force to their lists of people and organizations suspected of involvement in terrorism.


US stocks join global selloff on mixed earnings, Saudi unease

U.S. stocks joined a global selloff early Tuesday, falling sharply in opening trading on the heels of mixed earnings and rising geopolitical unease over Saudi Arabia and other global hotspots.


Saudi sees deals worth $50B at investment conference despite boycotts

Saudi Arabia was set to sign deals worth $50 billion Tuesday at the opening of an investment conference despite being overshadowed by the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi which prompted a boycott by Western politicians, top world…

Man found dead in car in Biyaqout


A man was found dead in his car in the early morning hours Tuesday in Metn’s Biyaqout, local Mayor Issam Zeinoun told The Daily Star.


China opens mega-bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland


China Tuesday opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge linking Hong Kong to the mainland, a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance.


Steps will be taken to lift US sanctions on Turkish ministers: Cavusoglu


Steps will be taken in the coming days regarding the lifting of U.S. sanctions on two Turkish ministers, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

French police clear 1,800 migrants from camp near Dunkirk


French police have moved into a makeshift migrant camp outside the northern port city of Dunkirk to clear out an estimated 1,800 people seeking to cross the English Channel to Britain.


Car bomb kills six, wounds 30 near Iraq's Mosul


At least four people were killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb blast in the northern Iraqi town of Qayyara Tuesday, police and medical sources said.


Trump's missile treaty pullout could escalate tension with China


A U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia could give the Pentagon new options to counter Chinese missile advances but experts warn the ensuing arms race could greatly escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors past Suns 123-103


Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got back to their pass-happy ways and coach Steve Kerr could smile again about all those assists, fewer fouls and a better night taking care of the ball.


EDL says expect massive poweroutages when barge unplugged


Electricite du Liban said an hourslong drastic drop in electricity supply will take place when a Turkish power barge operating for the past three months is unplugged from the Lebanese energy grid Tuesday.

Israel: Hezbollah set up observation post in south Lebanon under guise of NGO

The Israeli army Monday accused the Lebanese group Hezbollah of setting up a new observation point in south Lebanon near the border under the guise of an environmental NGO.

Talal Salman laments state of Lebanese print media


Journalist Talal Salman lamented the state of Lebanese print media and the current political climate he said was threatening its existence at a lecture at the American University of Beirut Monday.

MP: PSP open to proposing nationality law with Future


The author of a draft law to amend Lebanon’s nationality law said he is open to joining forces with the Future Movement, which has been mulling putting forward its own legislation, in order to create a shared proposal.

Nizar Zakka concerned fate will be same as Khashoggi’s


Nizar Zakka, the Lebanese journalist currently imprisoned in Iran, has said he is concerned he will meet the same fate as Jamal Khashoggi, Al-Akhbar reported Monday.

Yoga classes offer vital outlet for prisoners


Going to yoga and moving through the poses, I felt more free from the inside.

Monday, Oct 22

Vote counting starts in Afghan elections, marred by violence


Vote counting has started in Afghanistan following chaotic parliamentary elections marred by violence, technical glitches and unprecedented delays.

Indicted Prigozhin ordered beatings, killing: Russian paper


An independent Russian newspaper says a security aide of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been indicted in the U.S. for trying to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, says the Russian mogul has been involved in attacks on several…

Germany presses for EU unity on Saudi Arabia arms exports


A top German official pressed Monday for the European Union to show a united front on arms exports to Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on such exports over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi king, crown prince call Khashoggi's son

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly…

Sunday, Oct 21

Netanyahu delays razing West Bank hamlet


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the…

The making of a Red Cross volunteer


Orange suits flurried by after the siren rang. The team geared up within seconds, yelling orders as one emergency medical technician settled in the call center to take vital information.

Trump administration to define transgender out of existence: NY Times


The government of U.S. President Donald Trump is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition by creating a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and unchangeable once it is determined at birth, The New…

Afghans shut out by polling station chaos return to vote


Afghanistan's parliamentary elections entered a second day after delays caused by violence and technical issues, as a roadside bomb killed nearly a dozen civilians Sunday, including several children.

Saturday, Oct 20

Merkel says Khashoggi killers must 'answer for their actions'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said those behind Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death must be brought to book and called for "transparency" from Riyadh.

London mayor joins march for new Brexit vote


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined thousands of voters calling for a second Brexit referendum at a major demonstration.

Amnesty urges UN investigation, independent autopsy in Khashoggi death


Amnesty International said Saturday that Saudi Arabia's explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul appeared to be a whitewash of "an appalling assassination."

Saudi senior scholars praise king's decisions on Khashoggi death


Saudi Arabia's highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king's decisions on the death of Jamal Khashoggi "achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law", according to a statement on state…

Friday, Oct 19

Annual wedding expo sees a break from tradition


The Seaside Arena in Downtown Beirut was filled with flowers, Champagne, decorative tables, flowing white dresses and towering wedding cakes Thursday evening, as the 15th annual bridal expo, Wedding Folies, opened even as experts in the…

Sport fishing teams go for the big catch off Jounieh’s coast


The first-ever sport fishing championship in Lebanon began Friday morning, promoting watersports culture, marine wildlife and coastline protection.

FPM MPs sound alarm in Mieh Mieh


Free Patriotic Movement MP Nicolas Sehnaoui struck a hawkish tone Friday as he toured the predominantly Christian town of Mieh Mieh east of Sidon, following deadly clashes in the Palestinian refugee camp located in the town.

From Beirut to Babila: A Syrian family returns home


Syrian toddler Luay happily explores his grandfather’s modest house near Damascus for the first time. After years as refugees in Lebanon, the 3-year-old and his family have returned home.

Thursday, Oct 18

Syria withdraws controversial property law: U.N. official


A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria’s government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country’s civil war, calling it a good sign that…

Global whiskey brands aim for Beirut at local event


A canopy of cellphones hovers above the glasses as brand ambassadors, bartenders and Instagram influencers blast posts to their social media networks at a Wednesday master class of the third Whisky Live Beirut exposition.

Army enters Mieh Mieh, takes over security

Members of the Lebanese Army entered Sidon’s Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp Thursday and will remain stationed inside the headquarters of the joint Palestinian security forces, a security source told to The Daily Star.

E-waste deal: Goodwill or goldmine?


Lebanese telecommunications company Alfa and multinational Ericsson announced last week they were cooperating to tackle the issue of managing electronic waste, or e-waste, in Lebanon.