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The SFX talents behind The Matrix, 300, Game of Thrones and more By Joseph Fahim When special effects (SFX) make-up maestros Chadi Abdo and Dan Frye, whose works include renowned blockbuster movies and series such as The Matrix, 300 and Game of Thrones attended Maskoon, the Arab World’s first film festival for horror, sci-fi and fantasy

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Beirut Skyline Captures Religious Rivalry and Harmony

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 23  – In Beirut’s rapidly evolving skyline, a newly built cathedral bell tower has risen next to the soaring minarets of a landmark mosque, symbolising both religious coexistence and competition in a city split by sectarian war from 1975 to 1990. The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint

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Syria Tells Russia it Needs Fuel and Wheat, Wants More Trade

BEIRUT, Nov 22 – Syria needs wheat and fuel to alleviate shortages and suffering caused by its civil war and wants to expand trade ties with Russia, the Syrian government told a high-level Russian delegation on Tuesday. An ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia launched air strikes to support his forces against anti-government rebels

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Film Festival Brings Chinese Contemporary Art to Beirut Screens

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT, Nov 2  – When Uli Sigg began looking for contemporary art in China nearly three decades ago, he was surprised nobody was collecting it systematically. So he decided to do it himself. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, a documentary to be screened alongside 44 others at this month’s Beirut Art

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Lebanon Fears New Terror Wave After Multiple Suicide Attack

BEIRUT, June 28 – The Lebanese government warned on Tuesday of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers targeted a Christian village at the border with Syria, the latest spillover of its conflict into Lebanon. The village of Qaa was targeted on Monday in two waves of suicide attacks that killed five people. The

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Bomb Blast Hits Bank in Central Beirut, No Casualties

BEIRUT, June 12 – A bomb exploded in central Beirut on Sunday outside the headquarters of the Lebanese Blom Bank, causing damage to the building, security sources and witnesses said. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said Blom Bank was the target. The Lebanese Red Cross said two people received minor injuries, the National News Agency reported.

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Hariri-Backed List Claims Beirut Municipal Poll Victory

BEIRUT, May 9  – A list backed by mainstream Lebanese parties has won Beirut municipality elections, its leader said early on Monday, seeing off a challenge by an independent movement that had sought to galvanise voters angry with political paralysis. Local media reported a decisive victory for the “Beirutis” list, headed by Jamal Itani, after

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France’s Hollande Vows to Boost Lebanon Military Aid

By John Davison BEIRUT, April 17 – President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that France would provide immediate additional military aid to Lebanon, and urged politicians to end a long-running crisis by electing a president as soon as possible. Hollande also said he had decided to step up assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, giving 50 million euros

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Lebanese Government Approves Plan to Solve Trash Crisis

BEIRUT, March 13 – The Lebanese government on Saturday approved a plan to solve a seven-month garbage crisis that has fueled protests against the dysfunctional state and raised concerns for public health. Two landfills will be established near Beirut, and a third one south of the city will be reopened for two months to receive

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Lebanese Minister Says Garbage Crisis “99 Percent Solved”

BEIRUT, March 12 – Lebanon‘s Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said on Friday the country’s rubbish crisis had been “99 percent solved” at a government committee meeting on the issue. The Lebanese National News Agency quoted Machnouk and reported there would be a cabinet meeting on Saturday to finalize the agreement. It gave no further details. Politicians’

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