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16 April 2014, 18:40 LBCI: President Suleiman received from MPs Antoine Zahra and Joseph Maalouf a copy of Geagea's presidential program.
16 April 2014, 18:12 MP Sethrida Geagea after meeting Patriarch al-Rahi: The bloc will take part in the parliamentary session to elect a new president on Apr. 23.
16 April 2014, 17:21 Owners of old rent law buildings: We are receiving death threats and there is incitement against us.
16 April 2014, 17:19 Owners of old rent law buildings: We are only demanding that fair rent be applied.
16 April 2014, 17:15 The owners of old rent law buildings said that the old law only creates poverty.
16 April 2014, 17:13 The owners of old rent law buildings are staging a sit-in in Beirut's Mathaf area.
16 April 2014, 17:06 PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat held talks with the adviser of al-Mustaqbal movement leader, Nader Hariri, in Clemenceau.
16 April 2014, 16:53 An LF parliamentary delegation is meeting with Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi at Bkirki to hand him Geagea's presidential program.
16 April 2014, 16:52 Mahfoud: Reform does not involve harming teachers' promotions, but rather the 14 points that were listed by MP Jumblat.
16 April 2014, 16:51 Head of the private schools teachers association Nehme Mahfoud: The excuses that were given to justify the parliamentary panel's formation were not serious.
16 April 2014, 16:48 Gharib hoped that positive developments will take place in order to avert any escalation.
16 April 2014, 16:48 Gharib announced that a demonstration will be held next Tuesday in order to resolve the dispute over the new wage scale.
16 April 2014, 16:47 Head of SCC Hanna Gharib: We are committed to all the articles of the wage scale and we demand that they be adopted in one phase, not in installments.
16 April 2014, 16:41 Bou Saab: Official exams are at risk and the academic year is at risk. If we do not agree on a solution in the coming two weeks, we will be confronting another challenge, in addition to that of refugee students whose number is expected to amount to 400,000 pupils.
16 April 2014, 16:37 Bou Saab: We cannot treat Elementary teachers differently from how Secondary section teachers are treated.
16 April 2014, 16:36 Bou Saab: We do not think that the panel formed by the parliament to study the new wage scale another time is serious in adopting the draft.
16 April 2014, 16:36 Education Minister Elias Bou Saab after meeting with a SCC delegation: We cannot close schools that are not capable of paying teachers' dues.
16 April 2014, 15:21 NNA: Lebanese female Howaida Hussein Salloum was found dead hanging on her balcony in Meryata, Zgharta. Investigations were opened in the case.
16 April 2014, 14:48 Ambassador Hale after meeting Tripoli Mufti al-Shaar: The U.S. welcomes the government’s success with the new security plan and stands with the government, the security forces, and the people as they work towards peace.
16 April 2014, 14:25 Future TV: The cabinet granted Rafik Hariri University Hospital a loan worth LL 20 billion.
16 April 2014, 14:24 Al-Mayadeen Network: Syrian warplanes carried out two raids on al-Maslaha town on the outskirts of Arsal.
16 April 2014, 14:24 Cabinet session held at the Baabda Palace ended.
16 April 2014, 14:23 Gharib denied that the economy and the banking sector would suffer if the pay hike was approved by MPs.
16 April 2014, 14:19 Hanna Gharib said during a press conference at Riad al-Solh square that the parliament was procrastinating on the adoption of the wage scale.
16 April 2014, 13:42 Military Examining Magistrate Imad al-Zain issued an arrest warrant against Naim Abbas and postponed his questioning to April 23.
16 April 2014, 13:33 VDL (93.3): The cabinet appointed Fatima Sayegh Owaidat as the head of the Civil Service Council.
16 April 2014, 13:30 Fire erupted at a house for Syrian workers in Kfar Tibnit town in Nabatiyeh.
16 April 2014, 13:22 Geagea: I look forward legitimate presidential elections that pave the way for Lebanon's salvation.
16 April 2014, 13:21 Geagea: The state alone is responsible for defending the country.
16 April 2014, 13:20 Geagea stressed the need to demarcate the border with Syria and resolve the case of the Shebaa Farms and Kfarshouba Hills.
16 April 2014, 13:20 Geagea voiced his commitment to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and U.N. resolution.
16 April 2014, 13:19 Geagea: Lebanon must adhere to its Arab and international commitments.
16 April 2014, 13:18 Geagea on Palestinian-Israeli conflict: We reject Palestinian refugees' naturalization in Lebanon under any excuse.
16 April 2014, 13:18 Geagea on Syrian crisis: A solution to the conflict should ensure that Syrian refugees return to their homeland.
16 April 2014, 13:17 Geagea on regional developments: I pledge my support for the Arab Spring, despite its shortcomings and instances during which it steered away from its goals.
16 April 2014, 13:16 Geagea: I will stand against extremism in the Arab world.
16 April 2014, 13:16 Geagea on women's rights: I vow to revise all laws that tackle this issue.
16 April 2014, 13:14 Geagea proposed the establishment of a ministry to tackle expatriate affairs.
16 April 2014, 13:14 Geagea pledged to improve the agriculture sector and introduce green spaces in Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 13:12 Geagea: I will ensure that customs laws will be properly implemented at all border-crossings, even if new laws have to be put in place to this end.
16 April 2014, 13:11 Geagea stressed the need for the proper control of land, air, and water border-crossings.
16 April 2014, 13:10 Geagea: Proper functioning of the various state institutions can be achieved through combating corruption.
16 April 2014, 13:08 Geagea on decentralization: It should be implemented as stipulated in the Taef Accord and as adopted by various countries around the world.
16 April 2014, 13:06 Geagea suggested reopening various airports in Lebanon, as well as developing Lebanese ports.
16 April 2014, 13:04 Geagea: Proper investments can place Lebanon on the global tourism map.
16 April 2014, 13:03 Geagea on tourism: We have reaped so little of what this sector can yield for Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 13:03 Geagea on oil and gas wealth: Their discovery can act both as a blessing and a curse. I seek to preserve this wealth through a transparent approach.
16 April 2014, 13:01 Geagea demanded that reform be introduced in the electricity and telecommunications sectors.
16 April 2014, 13:00 Geagea: Investments should be made in the infrastructure and the role of regulatory authorities should be reactivated.
16 April 2014, 12:59 Geagea stressed the need for economic reform, revitalizing growth, cutting down on unemployment, reducing the public debt, and limiting youth immigration.
16 April 2014, 12:59 Geagea on Lebanon's economy: The economy cannot be stabilized without restoring faith in the state.
16 April 2014, 12:58 Geagea: Is is acceptable that no substantial leads were achieved in crimes committed against March 14 figures?
16 April 2014, 12:57 Geagea on state security agencies: Despite the independence in 2005, these apparatuses are still plagued by the remains of Syrian hegemony in Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 12:55 Geagea on capital punishment: Lebanon should work on eliminating the death penalty in accordance with U.N. principles.
16 April 2014, 12:55 Geagea pledged that if he is elected president that he will tackle the state of prisons in Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 12:54 Geagea: I will not compromise in tackling the corruption at the justice system.
16 April 2014, 12:53 Geagea: The problems in the justice system have led the people to lose faith in it.
16 April 2014, 12:53 Geagea: The problems in the justice system have impacted the social and economic situation in Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 12:52 Geagea: Tackling all these issues lies in reforming the justice system.
16 April 2014, 12:52 Berri informed al-Rahi during a phone conversation about his call for a parliamentary session to elect a new president.
16 April 2014, 12:51 Geagea: We seek a state that preserves the people's rights and dignity and which offers its youths a future.
16 April 2014, 12:51 Geagea on spread of arms in Lebanon: No country in the world would accept that its authority would be subject to armed groups that exist outside of the state.
16 April 2014, 12:51 Geagea: There will be no compromise in dealing with the spread of arms.
16 April 2014, 12:50 Geagea called for adopting a fair parliamentary electoral law once the presidential elections are over.
16 April 2014, 12:49 Geagea stressed the importance of adhering to the Baabda Declaration and preventing the spread of regional conflicts to Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 12:48 Geagea: There is no room for centrism, which has only yielded compromises to accommodate the status quo.
16 April 2014, 12:47 Geagea: The current phase we are passing through does not tolerate semi-solutions.
16 April 2014, 12:47 Geagea: The state has the proper means to regain its dignity.
16 April 2014, 12:46 Geagea: The greatest challenge I want to face in running for president lies in implementing the constitution and restoring the state's authority.
16 April 2014, 12:45 Geagea: The Lebanese entity cannot support more burdens that weaken the state.
16 April 2014, 12:44 Geagea: The period of Syrian hegemony weakened the position of the presidency.
16 April 2014, 12:43 LF chief Samir Geagea while announcing his presidential program: The position of the presidency, despite all that has been said since the Taef Accord, is capable of wielding power and steering Lebanon in the right direction.
16 April 2014, 12:28 Suleiman: Everyone should guarantee the appropriate atmosphere to elect a new president.
16 April 2014, 12:27 President Suleiman urged all agencies to coordinate to open a road for the border village of al-Tufail.
16 April 2014, 12:25 President Suleiman during the cabinet session: The amendments to the wage scale draft-law wore it out.
16 April 2014, 12:23 Judge Saqr Saqr charged Mohammed Qassem and other fugitives for belonging to al-Nusra Front.
16 April 2014, 12:23 Judge Saqr Saqr charged several suspects arrested in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh area with forming armed gangs.
16 April 2014, 12:17 A Syrian national stabbed to death another during a dispute over the sacking of the latter from a company in al-Saadiyat. The assailant has since been arrested.
16 April 2014, 12:08 Berri called for a parliamentary session to elect a new president on April 23.
16 April 2014, 11:41 VDL (93.3): The road near the education ministry was reopened after the SCC protesters ended their sit-in.
16 April 2014, 11:23 NNA: A school bus driver and several students were injured in a traffic accident that happened this morning near Balamand University in Qalhat.
16 April 2014, 11:18 VDL (93.3): Taxi drivers will go on strike next Wednesday and hold a march from Dora to downtown Beirut's Riad al-Solh square.
16 April 2014, 11:12 A Syrian woman was accused of stealing 9,000 dollars from the owner of the house in which she works as a maid in Koura's Kfarhazir.
16 April 2014, 11:09 Minister Ashraf Rifi: The cabinet will make only one appointment during its session.
16 April 2014, 10:51 LU contract teachers held a protest near the presidential palace in Baabda amid heavy security measures.
16 April 2014, 10:35 The SCC warned it will boycott the correction of official exams if its demands were not met.
16 April 2014, 10:32 The cabinet session went underway under President Suleiman.
16 April 2014, 10:31 The SCC, which held a protest near the education ministry, promised not to back off, saying "our next encounter is after Easter."
16 April 2014, 10:24 VDL (100.5): The employees of the economy and environment ministries are taking part in the SCC protest.
16 April 2014, 10:18 Civil defense teams are battling a huge blaze that erupted in a depot at the Master Chips Factory in Ferzol.
16 April 2014, 10:18 The SCC held a protest near the Zahle Serail.
16 April 2014, 10:15 VDL (100.5): Ministers Jebrban Bassil, Arthur Nazarian and Elias Bou Saab held a consultative meeting this morning to discuss the cabinet session's agenda.
16 April 2014, 10:14 The SCC held a protest near the Tripoli Serail to pressure MPs into approving the wage scale.
16 April 2014, 10:10 The funeral procession of al-Manar technician Halim Allaw went underway in the eastern town of Hermel.
16 April 2014, 10:00 Security forces took strong measures near the education ministry in Beirut's UNESCO area ahead of an SCC protest.
16 April 2014, 09:59 VDL (100.5): A behind-closed-door meeting is underway between President Michel Suleiman and PM Tammam Salam ahead of a cabinet session at the Baabda Palace.
16 April 2014, 09:46 Future TV: The ISF arrested in Sidon Mohammed Ibrahim Zaabalawi, a member of the Resistance Brigades, who is wanted on several arrest warrants.
16 April 2014, 09:31 The committee that is defending tenants in Beirut's southern suburbs held a sit-in to reject the new rent law.
16 April 2014, 09:29 MP Atef Majdalani to Future TV: If the new wage scale was adopted as it is it will have an impact on the economic and social situation in the country.
16 April 2014, 09:25 OTV: Nine suspects, including 3 Lebanese residents of Sidon who support Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, were arrested in Syria's Rankous.
16 April 2014, 09:18 MP Ahmed Fatfat to VDL (100.5): The final session of the joint parliamentary committees revealed dangerous repercussions if the wage scale was endorsed.
16 April 2014, 08:59 The head of the public sector employees league Mahmoud Haidar to VDL (100.5): We have made a recommendation to approve a demonstration on April 29 because the wage scale is under threat.
16 April 2014, 08:04 ISF arrested 84 people for committing different crimes throughout Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 08:04 NNA: One person was killed and 2 others injured in a personal dispute in the town of Bakhoun in Dinniyeh.
16 April 2014, 07:58 Minister Nabil de Freij to VDL (93.3): No one rejects the wage scale. The parliamentary committee will meet before Easter.
16 April 2014, 07:41 Gasoline prices rose LL200 and diesel LL100.
15 April 2014, 19:48 Adwan: We need to listen to the opinions of the Central Bank chief, the Civil Service Council, of the ministers of finance, economy, administrative reform and education.
15 April 2014, 19:44 Adwan: We want to study the repercussions of expenses on the economy as a whole, and we are fully committed to the 15-day period. Then, the committee's decision will be based on scientific evidence.
15 April 2014, 19:43 Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan: As much as we are keen on the rights of public sector employees, we are keen on the financial stability in Lebanon, which is related to the social security of all the Lebanese.
15 April 2014, 19:40 Aoun: The extra time is not to avoid dealing with the issue. This is a major thing that should not be treated with recklessness.
15 April 2014, 19:39 Aoun: Because we are totally keen on giving people their rights without harming the Lebanese economy, we agreed on taking two more weeks to study the draft wage scale.
15 April 2014, 19:39 Change and Reform bloc MP Alain Aoun: We will not be serving people if we approved the new wage scale but in return, imposed more taxes.
15 April 2014, 19:37 Fatfat: The objective of the new committee is to double check the sources of revenues, without violating any rights. We are serious in granting people their rights but we should not cause harm to the value of the Lebanese pound like what happened in the 1990s. We are doing a favor to Syndicate members, to military personnel, and to all employees.
15 April 2014, 19:36 Fatfat: Therefore, we have asked for postponing the discussion on the new wage scale until we have reliable numbers.
15 April 2014, 19:35 Fatfat: Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said some articles in the revenues' section, and which are worth 750 billion Lebanese pounds, are questionable.
15 April 2014, 19:34 Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Ahmed Fatfat after the parliamentary session: It turned out that the numbers need more examination to reach a balance between revenues and expenses.
15 April 2014, 19:32 Al-Jadeed: 65 MPs voted in favor of forming a panel to study the new wage scale draft once again, while 27 voted against this option.
15 April 2014, 19:28 Speaker Berri: I am against forming a parliamentary panel and hopefully this will not be a "black day" in the parliament's history.
15 April 2014, 19:27 LBCI: The parliament voted in favor of postponing the discussion on the new wage scale for 15 days.
15 April 2014, 19:20 Mahfoud: Tomorrow will be a starting point in SCC's activism, and private schools' teachers must play a main role in the committee's efforts.
15 April 2014, 19:18 Mahfoud: I address headmasters and tell them that we are acting under the ceiling of the law. It is not acceptable that threats are used to deal with teachers. This approach ruins educational institutions.
15 April 2014, 19:18 Head of the private schools teachers association Nehme Mahfoud: A revolution in all private schools should take place tomorrow after the salaries of teachers have been taken lightly.
15 April 2014, 19:17 Gharib: We have a plan for escalation until we reach an open-ended strike and boycott the correction of official exams as of April 29 if the wage scale draft was not adopted.
15 April 2014, 19:15 Gharib: Protests tomorrow will take place in all municipalities and a main rally will take place in front of the Ministry of Education in Beirut.
15 April 2014, 19:14 Gharib: We announce a general strike on Wednesday in all public institutions, without any exception, and in all private schools.
15 April 2014, 19:13 Gharib: The SCC will not stay silent over this procrastination.
15 April 2014, 19:13 SCC chief Hanna Gharib after the committee's meeting: There are several articles in the wage scale draft that violate the rights of employees and what happened today is a "coup."
15 April 2014, 19:11 MTV: Information obtained revealed that the committee that might be formed to study the new wage scale draft is composed of 7 MPs, the ministers of finance and economic, in addition to experts.
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