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Macron, heading to Riyadh, wants Mikati to fire Kordahi

Prime Minister Najib Miqati affirmed that France has informed him that Information Minister George Kordahi must resign before French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Riyadh, al-Akhbar newspaper said. “If Information Minister George Kordahi doesn’t resign before December 4, Lebanon will not be on the agenda of French President Emmanuel Macron’s …

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Beirut in peril from forest fire

The Beirut Fire Brigade pleaded Tuesday for help to extinguish a fire that has ripped through a forest in Bshamoun. The firefighters urged those who can help to secure water for the fire engines, as the wind caused the fire to spread. The schools in the area evacuated the students …

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Top global officials brief UN on Lebanon situation

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stefano del Col briefed Tuesday the U.N. Security Council on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and the situation in Lebanon, with a focus on the latest report of …

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Protests break out again in Lebanon

Scores of protesters blocked major roads across Lebanon on Monday to express anger against the country’s political class for the worsening economic crisis and harsh living conditions. The road closures with burning tires were mainly in the capital Beirut, the northern city of Tripoli, the southern port city of Sidon, …

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Al-Rahi praises Court of Cassation decision

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday lauded the latest decision by the Court of Cassation on the flurry of lawsuits and legal motions that had paralyzed the probe into the catastrophic Beirut port blast. “The unanimous decision of the general commission of the Court of Cassation confirmed the rightfulness of …

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Hezbollah insists its helping resolve political paralysis

Hizbullah central council member Sheikh Nabil Qaouq on Sunday stressed that his party is supporting efforts aimed at resolving the governmental crisis and resuming Cabinet sessions. “Addressing the governmental crisis represents a necessary gateway for alleviating the suffering of the Lebanese and curbing collapse in the various fields,” Qaouq said. …

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President Aoun promises to honour Baabda pledges

President Michel Aoun has promised to let the competent Judiciary set up the legal mechanism to the Baabda meeting decisions, a parliamentary source told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati had agreed in a meeting they held in Baabda, on Independence day, to …

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Beirut bar association ignores Hezbollah criticisms

The Beirut Bar Association has urged all officials to refrain from interfering with the judiciary and respect the law and work of institutions. Nader Kaspar, head of the association, said: “The lawyers stand in solidarity with the judges and the Judicial Council.” His statement came as the confrontation between Hezbollah …

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Mikati denies cabinet reshuffle reports

Prime Minister Najib Miqati has dismissed the reports about a possible Cabinet reshuffle that would involve the replacement of the Justice Minister as “incorrect and baseless.” He added, in remarks to al-Joumhouria newspaper published Friday, that he is satisfied with the outcome of his Thursday talks with Pope Francis. The …

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Nasrallah says Beirut blast probe selective and biased

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday decried anew the presence of what he called selectivity and politicization in the Beirut port blast probe as well as in the judiciary’s response to legal motions filed by the accused ex-PM and former ministers. “The judicial decisions of the past two days …

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Patriarch Al-Rahi says postponing elections is courting disaster

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has warned that the postponement of the upcoming parliamentary elections would lead to “the total destruction of the country.” “It is very necessary to hold the parliamentary and presidential elections next year, or else we will face the total destruction of the country,” al-Rahi said. Moreover, …

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Lebanon offer 8 offshore petroleum blocks

The Lebanese Petroleum Authority (LPA) set out the plan in a last-minute arrival at the Petex conference, held this week in north London. The round covers the eight blocks still available in the offshore. Lebanon licensed Blocks 4 and 9 in 2018 to TotalEnergies, Eni and Novatek. The companies drilled …

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Beirut blast families rally in front of Justice Palace

Families of the victims of last year’s explosion in Beirut’s port rallied Thursday outside the Justice Palace against what they say are intentional obstructions to the probe of the devastating blast. They said their message to authorities was: “We are sick of waiting.” The investigation into the August 2020 explosion …

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Lebanese judges quit over political interference

Three Lebanese judges have resigned over interference by politicians in the work of the judiciary, including a probe into last year’s Beirut blast, a judicial source said Thursday. In a country where political leaders determine judicial appointments, including in top courts, there is little room for the judiciary to work …

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UNIFIL dismisses ‘implications’ about Beirut port blast

UNIFIL Spokesperson Andrea Tenenti has dismissed what he called “unsubstantiated allegations,” after al-Mayadeen TV mentioned UNIFIL’s naval force in a report about the Beirut port blast and the ship that carried the huge quantity of the explosive ammonium nitrate substance. “Some recent media reports speculating on the activities of the …

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Bitar supported by parliament thanks to Aoun, Berri and Mikati

In his meeting with President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Najib Miqati, Speaker Nabih Berri “won the issue of settling investigative judge Tarek Bitar’s issue in parliament, should the judiciary fail to find a solution within a week,” informed sources said. Miqati was meanwhile promised with the resumption of Cabinet …

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Plans to solve Lebanese deadlock and Kordahi crisis

A “scenario” for resolving the governmental and judicial crises is making progress, highly informed sources said. The reported solution is based on the pledges that President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati made to each other in their latest meeting in Baabda, the sources told al-Joumhouria …

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Aoun, Berri and Miqati in serious talks on Lebanon crisis

President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati held a meeting Monday at the Baabda Palace after overseeing a military parade marking Lebanon’s Independence Day. “Independence would not have been achieved had the Lebanese not gathered shoulder to shoulder in Rashaya,” Miqati said after the talks. …

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Congressional delegation leaving Lebanon after affirming need for political resolution

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati stressed the government’s commitment to implementing international resolutions and maintaining security and stability, as a US congressional delegation stressed the need to end political disagreements and focus on addressing the country’s economic and social crises. Mikati expressed his appreciation for the US standing by Lebanon’s …

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Lebanese PM insist Kordahi must go and soon

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced on Friday that he will soon call a cabinet session, saying that the situation in the country is “very difficult and the people should not have to deal with more crises.” His remarks came after protesters stormed the Ministry of Health building in Beirut …

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Riad Salameh hands over audit to PM Mikati

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh on Friday met with Prime Minister Najib Miqati and said he handed him “a report prepared by the BDO, Semaan, Gholam & Co auditing company.” “The report was prepared at my request and it includes an auditing of my personal bank accounts and the accounts …

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President Aoun decrees no elections in March

President Michel Aoun has said that he won’t sign a decree that reschedules the parliamentary elections for March 27. “If I receive it, I will return it for reevaluation,” Aoun said. Aoun told al-Akhbar newspaper that he will not approve that the elections take place on any other dates than …

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Kordahi still defiant over resignation

Information Minister George Kordahi has stressed that remaining in his post is the “sacrifice,” not his resignation. Speaking to al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Friday, Kordahi said he is “open to any solutions that would achieve the national interest.” “I’m willing to leave the information ministry immediately if that would …

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UK reaffirms commitment to Lebanese people

On his first visit over two-days to Lebanon’s second largest city, British Ambassador to Lebanon Ian Collard toured UK-funded projects in Tripoli and surrounding areas and met city officials, as well as the embassy’s project partners and beneficiaries. In his messages to the citizens of Tripoli, Ambassador Collard reaffirmed the …

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Political parties meet with Hariri in UAE

A Progressive Socialist Party delegation led by MP Taymour Jumblat and MP Wael Abu Faour has met with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri in the United Arab Emirates, al-Jadeed television reported. PSP sources meanwhile told al-Jadeed that the talks were “comprehensive” and that several topics were discussed. PSP general …

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Courts indecisive over Beirut blast lawsuits

The Court of Cassation’s general assembly on Thursday finished a meeting on two lawsuits filed against the state in the port case without taking any decision, the National News Agency said. The meeting, presided over by Court chief Judge Suheil Abboud, tackled two lawsuits filed by ex-ministers who are charged …

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Geagea wants confrontation with Hezbollah

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has called for “grabbing the parliamentary majority” in the upcoming elections to “prevent Hizbullah from controlling the formation of governments.” “If they want to make troubles, let them make troubles. A clear political confrontation is necessary,” Geagea added, in an interview with Annahar newspaper published …

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