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Journalists show support for Nida Al Watan 

Journalists and activists held a solidarity stand with Nida Al Watan newspaper after its editor-in-chief and responsible director were summoned to appear at the Justice Palace over a controversial front-page article published last week. Editor-in-Chief Bechara Charbel and Responsible Director George Berbari are set to appear at the Justice Palace in Beirut on Sept. 18.

Journalists show support for Nida Al Watan 

Journalists and activists held a solidarity stand with Nida Al Watan newspaper after its editor-in-chief and responsible director were summoned to appear at the Justice Palace over a controversial front-page article published last week. Editor-in-Chief Bechara Charbel and Responsible Director George Berbari are set to appear at the Justice Palace in Beirut on Sept. 18.

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria talks

The latest summit on Syria hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara with his Russian and Iranian counterparts started Monday, with attention focused on Damascus’ push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani met Erdogan for separate bilateral talks in the Turkish capital before they sat down together for their fifth summit on the conflict since 2017.

Credit Libanais gets $100M line to finance SMEs 

Credit Libanais Monday received a $100 million credit line from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to expand finance and trade facilities for small and medium-sized enterprises in Lebanon, the bank said in a statement. It added that the EBRD financing comprised a senior loan to the value of $50 million to enhance its lending to SMEs, in addition to a trade financing limit of $50 million, under the Trade Facilitation Program to finance cross-border trade facilities.

Credit Libanais gets $100M line to finance SMEs 

Credit Libanais Monday received a $100 million credit line from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to expand finance and trade facilities for small and medium-sized enterprises in Lebanon, the bank said in a statement. It added that the EBRD financing comprised a senior loan to the value of $50 million to enhance its lending to SMEs, in addition to a trade financing limit of $50 million, under the Trade Facilitation Program to finance cross-border trade facilities.

Saudi Arabia battles market jitters after attacks

Saudi energy giant Aramco is battling to reassure markets after devastating attacks on two oil plants, where a prolonged shutdown risks roiling investor confidence ahead of the state-owned giant’s mega stock listing, analysts say. A wave of drones struck Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil processing facility, and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia, knocking out nearly half of the kingdom’s crude production and exposing the vulnerability of its energy infrastructure. While Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for the predawn strike Saturday, Washington blamed Iran for what it called an “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”

Wall Street drops after Saudi attacks

U.S. stocks fell Monday on global growth worries after weekend attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude facilities hit 5 percent of the world’s supply, but a sharp jump in crude prices lifted beaten-down energy stocks and kept losses in check. The attack sent oil prices up more than 20 percent before easing as various nations said they would tap emergency reserves to ensure stable supplies.

Europe giants begin Champions League battle

While the battle for the Champions League of the future is fought behind the scenes, this week the continent’s biggest clubs begin their latest quest for European glory with holders Liverpool dreaming of reaching another final in Istanbul. The current 32-team group stage format leading to a knockout round of 16 was introduced in 2003. Since then, an ever smaller group of clubs has competed to win the trophy, with the last 15 champions coming from Spain, England, Germany or Italy.

Europe giants begin Champions League battle

While the battle for the Champions League of the future is fought behind the scenes, this week the continent’s biggest clubs begin their latest quest for European glory with holders Liverpool dreaming of reaching another final in Istanbul. The current 32-team group stage format leading to a knockout round of 16 was introduced in 2003. Since then, an ever smaller group of clubs has competed to win the trophy, with the last 15 champions coming from Spain, England, Germany or Italy.

Nadal motivated by love of game, not Grand Slams

Rafa Nadal moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20 Sunday but even after adding a fourth U.S. Open to his collection the Spaniard said it was his love of the game, not records, that motivates him.

Brees hurt as Saints fall to Rams in grudge match

Another officiating insult was nothing compared to the hand injury to quarterback Drew Brees Sunday as the New Orleans Saints fell 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL playoff rematch. Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another TD.

Leclerc triggers Ferrari frenzy with Monza win

Charles Leclerc triggered a frenzy of Ferrari celebration Sunday after holding off a racelong Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team’s first home grand prix victory since 2010.

German cinema to echo at Metropolis 

A German cinema blitz commences Wednesday with the opening of German Film Week, which will see contemporary and classic films from the country projected through Oct. 1. Running in parallel (Sept. 19-23) is Talents Beirut, an incubator platform for aspiring filmmakers from around the MENA region, affiliated with Berlinale Talents and FID Marseille. Leading off the slate of seven contemporary titles is Andreas Dresen’s award-winning biopic “Gundermann,” the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards.

German cinema to echo at Metropolis 

A German cinema blitz commences Wednesday with the opening of German Film Week, which will see contemporary and classic films from the country projected through Oct. 1. Running in parallel (Sept. 19-23) is Talents Beirut, an incubator platform for aspiring filmmakers from around the MENA region, affiliated with Berlinale Talents and FID Marseille. Leading off the slate of seven contemporary titles is Andreas Dresen’s award-winning biopic “Gundermann,” the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards.

Lebanese star named best Arab actress 2019

Lebanese star Nadine Njeim was Friday night named “best Arab actress 2019” at the Arab Satellite Awards for her performance in the Ramadan series “Khamse w Noss” (Five Thirty).

Casino du Liban celebrates Greek culture 

Seated at wooden tables covered in blue and white cloth, the sound of sea nearby and the ultramarine domes of Santorini in the background, it was easy to forget dinner was still being served in Lebanon.

Neural activity detected in mini brains

Scientists reported Thursday they had picked up human-like electrical activity in lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether the pea-sized brains are conscious: the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not because the activity resembles that of preterm babies, but they cannot say for certain, opening up a new ethical dimension to this area of research.

Aussie blokes become unlikely Russian folk heroes

The idea of starting a Russian choir in rural Australia began as a vodka-fueled lark, but five years on a rag-tag bunch of farmers, lawyers and laborers have become unlikely international folk heroes.

Rising sea levels threaten Alexandria

Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to inundate poorer neighborhoods and archaeological sites, prompting authorities to erect concrete barriers out at sea to break the tide.