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Hariri blames parties for not backing rescue plan

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri reportedly said, while chatting with journalists, that “sometimes, one should step back to be able to step forward again.” Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, on Sunday, also reported Hariri blaming other parties for the lack of cooperation in a plan to rescue the country. “We won in …

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Hariri tells party not running for parliament

Ex-PM Saad Hariri has told al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc and al-Mustaqbal Movement’s political bureau that he has decided not to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections — neither in person nor as a political movement, media reports said on Saturday. Referring to the meetings that Hariri held on Friday, Mustaqbal …

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President Aoun defends dialogue against boycotters

Michel Aoun

President Michel Aoun on Thursday lashed out at those who announced their boycott of his proposed national dialogue conference and those who boycotted the preparatory bilateral meetings. “Following the consultations that President Michel Aoun held with the parliament speaker, the prime minister and the heads of parliamentary blocs, regarding the …

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Geagea lashes out at Nasrallah speech

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday charged that the latest speech of Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was “full of fallacies and lies” regarding Saudi Arabia’s role in Lebanon and the region. Speaking to Sky News Arabia, Geagea added that “taking up arms is not at all the LF’s …

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Al-Rahi wants UN to sponsor national dialogue

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Saturday commented on President Michel Aoun’s latest call for national dialogue. “We laud the promising preliminary step that was taken by the President, the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister to set the date of the parliamentary elections and sign the decree of organizing them,” …

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Berri won’t let Amal members lash out at Aoun

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who was expecting a harsher attack from President Michel Aoun, had asked his officials not to hit back, Amal sources said. The sources told al-Akhbar newspaper, in remarks published Tuesday, that Berri “prohibited” all officials in his movement from “starting arguments” with the Free Patriotic Movement, …

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Explosion near Becca Valley

An explosion rocked the outskirts of a town in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on Tuesday which two sources familiar with the matter said was caused by Hezbollah detonating old munitions. A Lebanese Army spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. The explosion took place on the outskirts of the town of …

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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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UNIFIL forces assaulted as Guterras leaves Lebanon

Lebanon’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it regretted an assault on a Finnish battalion of U.N. peackeepers and awaited results of an inquiry as videos showed local people attacking their vehicles with rocks. Videos circulated on social media and published by news outlets showed residents of a southern Lebanese town …

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GCC wants an end to armed militias in Lebanon

A Gulf Cooperation Council summit has called for prohibiting Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hizbullah “from carrying out its terrorist activities and supporting terrorist militias that threaten the stability of Arab countries.” Lebanon’s ties with Gulf states have grown increasingly strained in recent years because of Hizbullah’s growing influence and its interference in …

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Lebanon sides with Syria on Latakia attack

Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday strongly condemned an Israeli strike on Syria’s Latakia port that reportedly destroyed an Iranian weapons shipment. In a statement, the Ministry said “Lebanon’s government and people will always stand by the Syrian Arab Republic in what preserves its security, stability and the safety of its …

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Geagea committed to defending Beirut blast probe

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has pledged that his party would confront any “bargain” aimed at restricting the work of Beirut port blast investigator Judge Tarek Bitar. “As for what is being said about a bargain related to besieging Judge Bitar in parliament in agreement with the Free Patriotic Movement, …

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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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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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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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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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Geagea wants expats mobilised for forthcoming election

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Thursday urged Lebanese abroad to turn out heavily in the upcoming parliamentary elections. “Lebanon is sick at the moment and it needs an essential surgery, a surgery that is possible and whose success chances are high, if we all pray for Lebanon and grant …

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Iran backs Lebanon in dispute with Saudi

Saudi Arabia must realize that “the approach of besiegement and pressures on Lebanon will not achieve any results,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has said. The spokesman, Said Khatibzadeh, added that holding a new round of Iranian-Saudi talks hinges on “Riyadh showing more seriousness.” Khatibzadeh’s remarks are related to the diplomatic …

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Al-Rahi cross at judges obstructing Beirut blast probe

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday lamented that “some judges are increasing suspicions over the judiciary by taking part in impeding, suspending or freezing the probe into the port bombing or by questioning the work of the investigative judge.” His remarks are apparently targeted against Court of Appeals judge Habib …

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Bitar forced to suspend investigation for 3rd time

The judge leading investigations into last year’s Beirut port blast was forced to stop work Thursday over a lawsuit filed by an ex-minister he had summoned for interrogation. Tarek Bitar was informed of a “lawsuit submitted by former public works minister Youssef Fenianos… which forced him to pause the probe …

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Lebanese foreign minister in new row with Saudis

Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib met Wednesday with President Michel Aoun in Baabda, hours after Saudi newspaper Okaz published controversial statements attributed to the minister about the already tense relation with Saudi Arabia. “What happened over the past days must stop at the extent of putting the common Arab interest …

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Bitar stands up to pressures over his investigation

Judge Tarek Bitar, the lead investigative judge probing the Beirut port blast, stressed to the families of the victims on Tuesday that “pressures or threats will not push him to back down,” al-Jadeed TV reported. “I will not back down from the Beirut port file unless I’m removed through the …

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Kordahi says he won’t back down and resign

Information Minister George Kordahi on Sunday stressed that he will not resign despite the growing diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. In remarks to al-Jadeed television, Kordahi emphasized that such a move is “out of the question.” The crisis erupted Friday when Saudi Arabia gave Lebanon’s ambassador …

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Israelis attack Syrians sending arms to Lebanon

An Israeli missile strike killed five pro-Iran militiamen near Damascus on Saturday, a war monitor said, while state media said two Syrian soldiers were wounded in the attack. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike “destroyed a Hizbullah and Iranian weapons and ammunition” convoy heading towards Lebanon. …

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Judicial Council wants Bitar inquiry over and done with

Beirut port blast investigator Judge Tarek Bitar on Monday joined a Higher Judicial Council meeting after he was summoned by the conferees, media reports said. State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat meanwhile left the meeting seeing as he had been recused from the port case. A statement issued by the Council said …

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