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President Aoun placates Al-Rahi comments

President Michel Aoun on Saturday told Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi that “there is something bigger than the state’s decisions that is restricting the course of things,” MTV reported. Aoun’s remarks came in response to “admonishment” by al-Rahi, who said that “we did not believe that the government was formed,” the …

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Aoun prepared to fight for upcoming elections

President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that “the arrangements for the Spring parliamentary elections are ongoing,” stressing that “any attempt to interfere in the elections will be strongly confronted.” He added that “there is no need to be worried” nor “to believe the rumors.” As for the governmental crisis related to …

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Saudi gives Lebanon ultimatum to fire Kordahi

Riyadh has given Lebanon a two-day ultimatum to address the diplomatic crisis or else it will sever ties with Lebanon, media reports said on Monday. “It has been understood that the sacking or resignation of Information Minister George Kordahi would return the relation to the phase that preceded his remarks, …

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$200 million loan to fight power shortages in Lebanon

Michel Aoun

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun approved an exceptional loan of up to 300 billion Lebanese pounds ($200 million) on Monday for the state electricity company to import fuel for generation before supplies run out, an official statement said. Lebanon is mired in a financial crisis, caused by a mountain of debt built …

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Bond holders try to rescue Lebanon

A set of Lebanon’s bond holders are to step up efforts to form a creditor group in the coming days after the country’s presidency signaled on Saturday it would default, one of the members of the group said. The move from Lebanon will come just two days before a $1.2 …

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Japan bolstering defenses against North Korea threat, Abe says

As tensions continue to escalate in East Asia, Japan is bolstering defense measures in response to what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called his nation’s most serious security threat since World War II. Abe outlined his plan Friday during a policy speech in parliament. His agenda included strengthening Japan’s missile defense …

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North Korea appears to have a new Internet connection — thanks to the help of a state-owned Russian firm

A state-owned Russian telecommunications firm has given North Korea a new Internet connection, potentially increasing Pyongyang’s ability to stage cyberattacks and protect the embattled country’s online infrastructure. The new connection was first spotted by Internet analysts at Oracle Dyn, who noted that a new connection for North Koreans provided by the Russian …

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The Latest: Swiss president eyes mediation of NKorea crisis

The Latest on North Korea’s nuclear test and the world reaction (all times local): 6 p.m. Switzerland’s president says her country could help mediate the standoff between North Korea and other countries over its nuclear and missile programs. Doris Leuthard said Monday the small, proudly neutral Alpine country that has …

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