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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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Hariri in stand-off with president over new cabinet

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad Hariri said on Saturday he will not form a cabinet that simply caters to President Michel Aoun’s wishes. “I will not form a government as the team of his Excellency the President wants it, nor any other political faction. I will only form the kind of …

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France plans further measures against Lebanon, sources say

France and its international partners will seek to increase pressure on Lebanon’s politicians in the coming months, a French diplomat said on Wednesday, although he did not envisage sanctions against individuals in the immediate term. Paris has spearheaded international efforts to rescue the former French protectorate from its deepest crisis …

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Tokyo Governor Sees Boost as Abe Dissolves Japan Parliament

Japan’s opposition forces appeared set to consolidate around Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new political group narrowed a gap in opinion polls with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party weeks ahead of a general election. Abe dissolved parliament on Thursday for an election expected on Oct. 22. The Democratic Party, …

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Qatar announces major government reshuffle

THE LEVANT NEWS — Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani appointed new foreign and labour ministers Wednesday in a reshuffle of heavyweight cabinet positions, state media announced. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, a member of the royal family, replaced Khalid al-Attiyah as foreign minister, according to the emir’s order …

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