The Daily Star : International (551)

'High priority' drug dealer arrested in Jdeideh

Police Saturday arrested a drug dealer considered a "high priority", a security source told The Daily Star

Iranian film 'A Man of Integrity' wins 'Certain Regard' competition at Cannes

A movie by an Iranian who was previously sentenced to jail for his work in Iran won the top prize in the "Un Certain Regard" competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday

Tunisia rescues 126 migrants who set off from Libya

Tunisian security forces on Saturday rescued 126 sub-Saharan migrants including seven pregnant women who had been trying to reach Europe from Libya, a Red Crescent official said

Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await

President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden trip abroad was a "home run" and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord

Lebanese politicians 'close to agreement' on vote law: Hasbani

Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani Saturday said that politicians are "close to agreement" on a new electoral law

Supreme Court travel ban case could test Trump's reach

The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump

French ambassador ends two-year stint in Lebanon

French ambassador to Lebanon Emmanuel Bonne on Saturday bid farewell to senior political officials after ending his two-year stint in Beirut

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

The world's 1.5 billion Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday, blighted by conflict and bloodshed in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Libya

Philippines peace talks with communist rebels break down

Peace talks between the Philippine government and communist insurgents broke down on Saturday after a dispute over the rebels' ordering their fighters to step up attacks

Carter's Cold War strategist Brzezinski dies

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish Polish-born Cold War strategist and former top aide to US president Jimmy Carter, has died, his family said. He was 89

Ras Baalbeck municipality pays tribute to Lebanese Army

Dozens gathered in Ras Baalbeck Saturday to show their support and pay tribute to the Lebanese Army.

Morocco police hunt protest leader in neglected Rif

Moroccan authorities were engaged in a manhunt Saturday for a protest leader in the neglected Rif region after his arrest was ordered for interrupting an imam's prayer sermon following more than six months of social unrest

Cargo plane crashes near Mount Everest, 3 injured

A cargo plane crashed Saturday as it was trying to land at a small airport near Mount Everest, seriously injuring the two pilots and hostess on board, officials said

Putin discusses Syria, economic ties with Iran's Rouhani: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani held a phone call in which the two leaders stressed the need for more joint efforts to resolve the Syria crisis and discussed economic ties, the Kremlin said Saturday

British Airways suffers flight delays after global IT outage

British Airways flights in Britain were being delayed and passengers were suffering long waits at airports Saturday because of a global system outage, the airline said

Pope denounces speculators in visit to industrial workers

Pope Francis highlighted the struggle workers face in a globalizing economy with a visit Saturday to a troubled steel factory in Genoa, where he stressed the importance of work in giving people a sense of human dignity and denounced those who would exploit their workers

State Security arrests Syrians over illegal entry to Lebanon

Lebanon's Directorate of State Security have arrested several Syrians suspected of illegally crossing the border, state media reported Saturday

Pique, Mascherano, Vidal return for Barca's King's Cup final

Barcelona were given a triple fitness boost in defense on the morning of their King's Cup final against Alaves as the club announced Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Aleix Vidal have all been declared available

Britain arrests two more in probe of Manchester bombing network

British police said they arrested two more people during raids Saturday in connection with the suicide bombing at a Manchester concert, with a "large part" of the network behind the attack now being held

Dutch sperm bank doc scandal widening: report

At least three of 19 people who were allegedly fathered by a now-deceased Dutch doctor through IVF treatment came from a different sperm bank than one until now named in reports, a Dutch newspaper said Saturday

As premier heads to Europe, China says resolute about opening its market

China is determined to open its market and is positive about promoting talks on a China-EU investment agreement, a senior Chinese official said Saturday ahead of Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Brussels for a summit with the European Union

Disharmony at G7 as Trump plays his own tune

G7 nations risked unprecedented deadlock Saturday as U.S. President Donald Trump resisted pressure to sign up to joint positions on hot-button issues such as climate change, trade and migration

Britain cuts terrorism threat level after significant police activity

Britain lowered its security threat level to "severe" Saturday following significant activity by police investigating the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May said

G7 makes 'substantial progress' on trade talks: French source

The Group of Seven nations have made progress in negotiations on trade, notably on the issue of multilateralism, a French presidential source said Saturday, suggesting there has been some softening in the United States' protectionist stance

Speaker Nabih Berri postpones vote law legislative session to June 5

Speaker Nabih Berri Saturday postponed a legislative session previously scheduled for Monday to June 5, a Parliament statement said

Civilians flee ISIS-held Syria cities after strikes: activists

Hundreds of civilians are fleeing two cities held by ISIS in eastern Syria after a series of deadly airstrikes that killed dozens, activists said Saturday

Police arrest prostitution ring, kingpin in Mount Lebanon

Mount Lebanon police have arrested a prostitution ring, along with its kingpin, authorities said Saturday

General Security arrests suspect over terror links

Lebanon's General Security Saturday said in a statement that they had arrested a man over suspected terror links

S. Korea fishing vessel 'hijacked' off Somalia

A South Korean fishing vessel was apparently hijacked in waters off Somalia Saturday, a defense ministry official said

Iraq forces launch broad attack on ISIS holdouts in Mosul

Iraqi forces have launched a broad assault on parts of battleground second city Mosul still held by ISIS, the military announced Saturday

Six suspected militants killed near Indian Kashmir border

Six suspected militants were killed Saturday in Indian-administered Kashmir along the heavily militarized border that divides the disputed territory with Pakistan, the Indian army said

Mt. Lebanon man burns to death in car accident

A man who had been trapped in his vehicle Saturday died from severe burns after a car accident on a Mount Lebanon highway near Jbeil, the National News Agency reported

Lebanese Army fires artillery shells at militants on northeast border

The Lebanese Army Saturday pounded extremists who were attempting to advance towards Lebanon from across the Syrian side of the northeast border, a security source told The Daily Star

Barca seek winning end to Luis Enrique's reign

Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Alaves

Top China official says Hong Kong's autonomy is not a licence to challenge Beijing

A top Chinese official said Saturday Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy must not be taken as a licence to confront Beijing, and urged the territory's government to implement contentious new national security laws

Car bomber kills 13 in east Afghanistan on first day of Ramadan

A suicide car bomber killed 13 people in the eastern Afghan city of Khost Saturday, officials said, in the first major insurgent attack at the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan

Putin, Macron to air tough issues at Versailles meet

France's new President Emmanuel Macron will hold delicate talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Monday with the two countries harboring longstanding differences over Ukraine and Syria

Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle

Philippine security forces dropped more bombs Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan

Trump son-in-law sought secret line to Moscow: report

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported Friday evening

Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as the death toll from floods and mudslides Saturday rose to 100 with 99 others missing

Former U.S. national security adviser Brzezinski dies at age 89: daughter

Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who established himself in the Carter administration as a hard-liner on foreign policy, died on Friday, his family said. He was 89

India opens its longest bridge near China border

India opened its longest bridge close to the border with China in a move seen as bolstering its defenses in a sensitive region

Apple opens first official store in SE Asia

Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-story site in the city's upmarket shopping district

German map project to aid future rebirth of Aleppo

With its battered facades, pulverized houses and skeletons of buildings, one of the world's oldest cities, Aleppo, has been utterly devastated by the war in Syria.

Foreigners in deadly Philippine battle: govt

Foreigners are among Islamist gunmen battling security forces in a southern Philippine city, the government said Friday as soldiers tore down black Daesh flags in retaken districts and the reported death toll climbed to 46.

Greek police probing security failures in attack on ex-PM

Greek police scrambled Friday to find out how a letter bomb managed to wound former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos despite security checks being beefed up after a wave of similar attacks in March.

Pressure piles on Trump with Kushner under FBI scrutiny

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, has been caught in the spotlight of an FBI probe into Russian meddling, U.S. media reported, heaping more pressure Friday on the embattled commander in chief.

Qatar 'hacking' revives Gulf tensions

The alleged hack on Qatar's state news agency may have lasted just four hours, but the impact on already tense ties between Gulf rivals could last a lot longer.

U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump-Saudi Arabia arms deal

U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law.