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Saudi Arabia sees weaker 2019 GDP growth

Saudi Arabia’s economic growth in 2019 will be significantly less than the kingdom had expected because of OPEC-led oil output cuts, but the attack on Aramco had “zero” impact on revenue, the country’s finance minister said on Wednesday.

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.

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.