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Street surges on news of trade progress

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial average extended earlier gains and the Nasdaq turned positive on Friday on reports of potential progress in easing trade tensions between the United States and its trading partners.

Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port city


CAIRO (AP) - A Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

Jerusalem police shoot knife-wielding 1948 Palestinian man


Police in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday shot a knife-wielding 1948 Palestinian man who tried to stab an officer near the Damascus Gate, a spokesman told AFP.

US judge extends halt on deportations of separated families


A federal judge has extended a freeze on deporting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents to remain in the United States.

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U.S. State Dept calls on Vietnam to release 'prisoners of conscience'


The U.S. State Department Friday called on Vietnam to release all "prisoners of conscience" immediately, one day after a Vietnamese court conducted a one-day trial of an activist and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

U.S. urges restraint, independent probe into Aug. 4 Venezuela explosions


WASHINGTON,:The United States Friday said it supported the creation of an independent commission to investigate explosions in Caracas during a speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month, criticizing his government's…

German charged over alleged combat role in Afghan Taliban


BERLIN: Prosecutors have charged a German citizen who allegedly fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and weapons offenses.


Beirut airport packed with half a million passengers in first half of August

Over half a million passengers flew through Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport in the first half of August, an airport source told The Daily Star Friday.


ISF arrests 2 alleged thieves in Tayyouneh


The Internal Security Forces arrested two suspects in Tayyouneh who allegedly asked a Lebanese national to exchange currency, but then stole his money and drove off, according to a statement from the agency Friday.

Further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead: Mattis


The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

Turkey will respond if US imposes more sanctions: minister


Turkey Friday threatened to respond if the United States levied further sanctions over the detention of an American pastor which has sparked a diplomatic standoff and battered the Turkish currency.

Anti-king banner unveiled in Barcelona ahead of attacks ceremony


Catalan separatists unveiled a giant banner against Spain's King Felipe VI on a building in the Barcelona square where he is due to attend a ceremony Friday in honor of the victims of last year's deadly militant attacks in the city.

Largest-yet container ship marks transformation of Tripoli port

The largest container ship ever to dock in Tripoli’s port arrived Friday, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Large pieces of rubble removed 3 days after bridge collapse


Excavators have begun clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa in the search for people still missing three days after the deadly accident.


Alleged Instagram sextortionist arrested for blackmailing women


An Instagram user who blackmailed women for money and sex using private messages and photos he received from them on the social media platform was arrested in Tripoli, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement Friday.

India's Kerala flood death toll jumps to 164: state head


The death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 164, state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday, issuing a fresh heavy rainfall warning for the battered region.


Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

Saudi Arabia said early Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by Daesh (ISIS) and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.


Trump team predicts an economic boom, defying most analysts


Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say?


We’re not enemies of the people, newspapers in the U.S. tell Trump


Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on fake news Thursday.

Latest obstacle delaying govt: Lebanon’s ties with Syria

The question of normalizing ties with Syria is the latest obstacle facing premier-designate Saad Hariri’s efforts to form a new Cabinet, political sources said Thursday.

Thursday, Aug 16

Women shine in Lebanon’s next generation of scientists


On a Thursday afternoon in August, 21-year-old Jana Kobeissi, a fresh graduate of the American University of Beirut, is still on campus, running to class, working in the lab and juggling her life as an accomplished young scientist.

US Secretary of State names special representative for Iran


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Brian Hook, the top diplomat's senior policy adviser, the special representative for Iran on Thursday.

China is sending team to Washington to talk trade: Kudlow

The United States and China are resuming trade talks, raising hopes for a way out of an intensifying dispute between the world's two largest economies.

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste


Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China's crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year.

Wednesday, Aug 15

US official says UAE paid Yemen tribes to push al-Qaeda out


A senior U.S. official says the United Arab Emirates paid money to tribal leaders in Yemen to rout al-Qaeda from its strongholds.

Afghans, Syrians help German firms fill training vacancies


German companies managed to attract more apprentices to on-the-job training schemes last year due to a surge in applications from asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria, data showed on Wednesday.

'Day of joy' as Greek soldiers fly home after Turkey release


Greece on Wednesday hailed a "day of joy" as two Greek soldiers held in a Turkish prison for more than five months on espionage charges were released in a surprise move by Ankara.

Australian's Parliament speech on 'final solution' condemned


An Australian senator is being condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term "final solution" in calling for a vote on which migrants to admit into the country.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Hezbollah at its strongest, Nasrallah warns Israel

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Hezbollah was stronger than at any time since it was launched, in a televised speech Tuesday.

Companies make a business out of visa services for Syrians


The Facebook page of the Quick Line travel agency in Jal al-Dib displays the typical advertisements of the trade – pictures of sparkling seaside resorts and famous tourist sites: the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Hagia Sofia.

40 children killed in Yemen bus strike: new Red Cross toll


Forty children were among 51 people killed in an Arab coalition air strike on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen, the Red Cross said in a new toll Tuesday.

Sanctions unlikely to affect Hezbollah

The recent reimposition of United States sanctions on Iran are taking a toll on the country’s economy, but analysts say there will be little impact in the near future on its proxy Hezbollah.

Monday, Aug 13

Norwegian minister resigns after Iran trip security rules breach

Norway’s fisheries minister resigned Monday following his earlier admission that he breached government security protocols during a holiday to Iran last month.

Reunited Aleppo medics giving ‘hope’


Her scarred hands wrapped in gloves, Malakeh Harbaliyya lifted an infant out of an incubator at a hospital in Syria’s rural north, holding him gently as he guzzled milk from a bottle.

Militants in police attack supported Daesh: Jordan official


Militants behind an attack on Jordanian police supported Daesh (ISIS) and investigations have revealed plans for more attacks on security and civilian targets, Jordan’s interior minister said Monday.

9-year-old chess prodigy wins fight to stay in Britain


A 9-year-old India-born chess prodigy whose fight to stay in Britain drew international attention can remain in the country, the U.K. government said Friday.

Sunday, Aug 12

Cannabis cultivators weigh impact of legalization


Politicians have said legalizing the cultivation of cannabis in Lebanon would benefit those who currently farm it illicitly, while diverting money away from powerful drug lords, weakening them and possibly putting them out of work.

Disabled cyclists get head start toward Paralympics


Lebanon held its first national para-cycling championship races Sunday, paving the way for Lebanese cyclists with disabilities to compete on the world stage.

Authorities struggle to contain large wildfire in Akkar


Authorities and local residents have been unable to contain a large wildfire in the northern Akkar region Sunday, despite two days of firefighting efforts, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Splits deepen over British minister Johnson's burqa comments


Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson returned from his summer holiday to face both criticism and support over his remarks about burqas, amid deepening divisions in Britain's ruling Conservative Party on Sunday.