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Jumblat on Anniversary of Syrian Withdrawal: We Look forward to Army that Controls War, Peace Decisions

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat hoped on the tenth anniversary of the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon for the implementation of the Baabda Declaration that would grant the army complete power over decisions of war and peace.

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “We look forward to the day when we celebrate the existence of a single central authority that oversees all others.”

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Abou Faour Says Unified Prescription Form to Be Implemented June 1

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour announced Monday that the primary date to launch the unified prescription is on the first of June.

“A committee will be formed to follow up the implementation of the prescription,” Abou Faour stressed in a press conference.

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Speaker Tackles with Prime Minister Crippling Crises

Prime Minister Tammam Salam held talks on Monday with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The NNA reported that the two officials discussed the latest developments in Lebanon, in particular the parliamentary crisis.

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Paralysis Further Grips State as Christian Blocs Refuse to Legislate

The fate of a controversial parliamentary session that Speaker Nabih Berri insists on calling for is facing further obstacles as Christian lawmakers are holding onto their decision to boycott it.

Berri warned in comments published in local newspapers that boycotting the session would lead to chaos in the country, accusing “those who are obstructing legislation on the pretext of presidential vacuum are also boycotting the elections sessions.”

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Salma Hayek Visits Lebanon to Launch Film 'The Prophet'

Salma Hayek is in Lebanon, her first visit to her ancestral homeland, to launch "The Prophet," an animated feature film she co-produced.

Hayek visited the picturesque mountain village of Bcharre in northern Lebanon on Sunday to pay homage to Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-born poet who wrote "The Prophet," the book on which the film is based.

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Danish Man Found Dead in Jiyeh

The dead body of a Danish man was found Sunday in a hotel room in the coastal town of Jiyeh, state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said 44-year-old Peter Edmond Jorgensen died in his room at the Golden Tulip Jiyeh Marina-Resort.

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Jisr Slams Nasrallah's 'Ungratefulness' towards Saudi, Says Dialogue to Go On

Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Samir al-Jisr has lashed out at Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over the latter's latest tirades against Saudi Arabia, while stressing that the Mustaqbal-Hizbullah dialogue will continue.

“Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah should not have attacked the Wahhabist religious creed or insulted the Saudi leadership,” Jisr said in an interview with al-Liwaa newspaper to be published Monday.

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Al-Rahi from Paris: No Justification for Failure to Elect President

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi condemned on Sunday lawmakers' ongoing failure to elect a new president, warning of the collapse of the Lebanese state.

He said during his Sunday sermon from Our Lady of Lebanon church in the French capital Paris: “There are no justifications for the failure to elect a president.”

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Lebanese in Quake-Struck Nepal Call on Foreign Ministry to Evacuate them

A number of Lebanese nationals in Nepal have pleaded with Lebanese authorities to help them evacuate the country following Saturday's destructive earthquake, reported al-Jadeed television on Sunday.

They urged the Foreign Ministry to carry out the necessary efforts to ensure their safe return to Lebanon.

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Derbas Rejects Attempts to 'Violate his Jurisdiction' Regarding Syrian Refugee File

Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbas stressed that his ministry is the main authority concerned with tackling the case of Syrian refugees in Lebanon as sources criticized the manner in which Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil approached his handling of the case, reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah on Sunday.

Derbas told the daily: “This issue can not be postponed further. The cabinet should seize control of this file and I refuse to have my jurisdictions violated.”

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