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Najib Mikati slotted to be new Lebanese PM

Lebanon’s wealthy businessman and former premier Najib Mikati is poised to be designated prime minister on Monday after winning the support of most major parties to form a new government facing a crippling financial crisis, political sources said. Earlier, a club of former Lebanese Sunni prime ministers said on Sunday …

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Hezbollah says Lebanon ready for Iran fuel imports

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday repeated pledges to import Iranian fuel should shortages across the country persist, saying that all logistical steps for that possibility were complete. Nasrallah, who heads the Iranian-backed armed Lebanese group, said earlier in June Iran could supply fuel to Lebanon in local …

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Sunni leadership continue to back Hariri as PM

The Supreme Islamic Sharia Council, which represents the Sunni community and its leaders in Lebanon, has renewed its support for Saad Hariri, the prime minister-designate, amid an escalating dispute over the failure to form a government in the country. After a lengthy meeting on Saturday, in which Hariri participated, the …

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Lebanese army on national crisis footing

Lebanon’s army carried out large-scale military exercises on Monday to test its readiness to deal with a nationwide crisis. The “Lebanon Wide” exercise included units from the army, the Internal Security Forces, General Security, State Security, the General Directorate of Customs, the General Directorate of Civil Defense, the Lebanese Red …

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Lebanese crisis forces Pizza hut to shut down

Pizza Hut is closing in Lebanon as the fast food chain succumbs to the country’s deepening economic crisis. The family food favorite posted a notice on social media thanking its customers for their support and asking them to “hold on to these memories until we make new ones.” Rocketing inflation, …

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PM Diab condemns sudden eruption of violence in Tripoli

Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister on Friday condemned overnight violence in the city of Tripoli, where protesters angry over a strict lockdown clashed with security forces and set the municipality building on fire. Thursday was the fourth straight night of unrest in one of Lebanon’s poorest cities, after the government imposed …

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New dispute between Auon, Hariri threatens everything

The rift between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri over the formation of Lebanon’s new government widened on Friday. Hariri was instructed to form a new government on Oct. 22, but no progress has yet been made, leaving the country in a political deadlock to add to its …

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US warns against business as usual in Lebanon

Business as usual in Lebanon is unacceptable and any new government must be committed to – and capable of implementing – reforms that bring economic opportunity, good governance and an end to endemic corruption, a top U.S. diplomat said on Thursday. “Whatever government comes next must commit to and have …

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Hezbollah decries imperialist Macron

Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday his Shi’ite movement welcomed French efforts to help Lebanon out of crisis but that did not mean French President Emmanuel Macron could act like the country’s ruler. In a televised address, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah remained ready for dialogue under …

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Dispute breaks out between Amal and Macron

Lebanon’s Amal movement expressed surprise on Tuesday over accusations by French President Emmanuel Macron that the Shi’ite party triggered the collapse of talks to form a new government. Prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib quit on Saturday after failing to line up a non-partisan cabinet, dealing a blow to a French plan …

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Hezbullah, Amal fall afoul of French plans

Hezbollah and the Amal Movement attempted on Thursday to see off a French initiative to form a Lebanese government of non-political technocrats not associated with the parties in power and which rotates the ministries among the country’s sects. The Hezbollah parliamentary bloc held “the extremely negative American role” responsible for …

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UAE Government Procurement strategy outlined

Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, gave a detailed presentation on the strategy of managing the Government Procurement Department in the Ministry of Possibilities. Members of the departmetn leadership team including ministers, applicants of the federal financial systems, in addition to the team members of …

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Trump bemoans Israeli democracy

U.S. President Donald Trump, voicing impatience with close ally Israel, said on Sunday he was not happy about electoral upheaval there and urged the Israelis to “get their act together.” Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a new election on Sept. 17 after veteran …

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UAE Cabinet approves new rule for retired expats

The UAE Cabinet on Sunday approved a series of plans, including one that allows expatriates to stay on in the country long after they retire. The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has also adopted a resolution …

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Tough questions await new Trump nominees as Senate gears up for hearings

President Donald Trump’s two new cabinet nominees are expected to be greeted with tough questions about the administration’s posture toward Russia, the possibility of an unprecedented summit with North Korea, the Iranian nuclear deal and torture when they face the U.S. Senate in coming weeks. The president’s abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday …

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Shaikh Mohammad chairs Cabinet meeting at Louvre Abu Dhabi

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday (Monday) chaired an extraordinary UAE Cabinet meeting held at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The meeting coincides with the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations.     The National Day is an occasion in which …

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