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17 April 2014, 09:28 President Michel Suleiman telephoned LF leader Samir Geagea to congratulate him on the announcement of his candidacy and his platform for having a clear vision of a strong Republic.
17 April 2014, 09:12 NNA: Human remains were found in in the Mount Lebanon town of Aley while plowing a land in Bemkin.
17 April 2014, 09:09 LBCI: A meeting is underway between President Michel Suleiman and PM Tammam Salam ahead of the security meeting scheduled for today at the Baabda Palace.
17 April 2014, 08:40 MP Jean Oghassabian to VDL(100.5): There is more than one candidate for the presidency in the March 14 alliance. Contacts are ongoing to agree on one before April 23.
17 April 2014, 08:14 ISF arrested 78 people for committing different crimes throughout Lebanon.
17 April 2014, 07:43 MP Elie Marouni to VDL (100.5): We believe that Gemayel could be a strong president.
16 April 2014, 22:19 Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi traveled to the Saudi capital Riyadh.
16 April 2014, 21:54 LBCI: A fire erupted at a clothes warehouse in Wadi al-Zeina in the Shouf region and no injuries were reported.
16 April 2014, 20:17 MP Sethrida Geagea to al-Jadeed: Communication with Berri has not been severed and Dr. Geagea's remarks will definitely make it harder for him to reach Baabda but he is not seeking to make compromises to reach the palace.
16 April 2014, 20:16 MP Hadi Hbeish to al-Jadeed: It's not wrong to have more than one March 14 presidential candidate but we must meet and agree on a single nominee.
16 April 2014, 20:14 MP Jamal al-Jarrah to LBCI: The panel must study the real revenues that can be utilized to fund the new wage scale.
16 April 2014, 20:13 LBCI: The MPs have not yet agreed on holding a session for the wage scale parliamentary panel and no agreement has been reached on choosing its chairman.
16 April 2014, 20:08 Al-Jadeed: The FPM has denied the presence of any rift inside it over the wage scale and it's saying that MP Nabil Nicola had voiced a personal objection during the session.
16 April 2014, 20:07 Al-Jadeed: The wage scale parliamentary panel has started holding coordinative meetings.
16 April 2014, 20:05 MP Alain Aoun to al-Jadeed: They are giving the issue of the wage scale a presidential undercurrent and we have not made any deal (with al-Mustaqbal).
16 April 2014, 20:05 MP Ahmed Fatfat to al-Jadeed: We did not manage to clarify the full figures of the new wage scale, so it was normal to delay its approval.
16 April 2014, 20:02 Kataeb deputy chief Sejaan Qazzi to LBCI: We don't have a veto on any March 14 candidate and president Gemayel is our normal candidate for the presidency but this issue has not been officially endorsed.
16 April 2014, 20:01 MP Ahmed Fatfat to LBCI: Contacts are still ongoing in a bid to choose a single March 14 presidential candidate before Wednesday.
16 April 2014, 20:00 March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soaid to LBCI: The general inclination is towards supporting Geagea's presidential bid, but until the moment we cannot say that he is the official candidate.
16 April 2014, 19:59 LBCI: A 15-minute closed door meeting was held between Fatfat and Geagea after the latter announced his presidential program in Maarab and Fatfat has declined to disclose the details.
16 April 2014, 19:58 MTV: A misunderstanding at the education ministry led to the withdrawal of SCC chief Hanna Gharib from Minister Elias Bou Saab's press conference.
16 April 2014, 19:51 MP Alain Aoun to OTV: The issue of the wage scale must not be given political dimensions and we've asked for 15 days to study it because of our economic beliefs.
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.