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Hariri, Saudi Finance Minister Hold Phone Talks

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a telephone conversation from his residence in Paris with Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Jadaan, and discussed the ongoing preparations for the first meeting of the Lebanese-Saudi Joint Committee, Hariri’s press office said on Saturday.

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Report: Aoun Brings to NY Fears of ‘Involving' Lebanon in US-Iran Confrontation

President Michel Aoun will head to New York next Sunday amid fears that Lebanon will be threatened by an escalating military confrontation between the United States and Iran, along with the Syrian displacement crisis and the collapsing economic situation, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said on Saturday.

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Australian-Lebanese Jailed on Sydney Bomb Plot Set Free

Lebanese authorities have released a Lebanese-Australian man detained for more than two years over an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney.

Australian-Lebanese dual citizen Amer Khayyat was freed Friday after a military court found he was innocent.

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STL Invites Victims to Participate in the Connected Cases

The STL’s Victims’ Participation Unit invites victims to submit an application to participate in judicial proceedings relating to case no. STL-18-10, which pertains to three attacks: the attempted assassination of Marwan Hamade on 1 October 2004, the assassination of Georges Hawi on 21 June 2005, and the attempted assassination of Elias El-Murr on 12 July 2005. These attacks are connected to the assassination of former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, the STL said in press release on Friday.

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UK and Lebanon Sign Trade Continuity Agreement

Trade Policy Minister, the Rt Hon Conor Burns MP and the Lebanese Minister for Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Jebran Bassil signed a UK-Lebanon trade agreement. It ensures British businesses and consumers will continue to benefit from preferential trading terms with Lebanon after we leave the European Union, UK embassy said in a press release.

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Berri Calls on Committees to Study Draft Law Proposal

Speaker Nabih Berri invited several committees for a meeting next week to study a law proposal on electing members of the House of Representatives, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Israel Reconnaissance Plane Flies over Naqoura

Israeli reconnaissance airplanes have been flying over south Lebanon's Naqoura since early morning, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Hariri Meets Macron Who Affirms Commitment to CEDRE Resolutions

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée palace in Paris who stressed commitment to Lebanon's stability.

In joint remarks to reporters, Macron affirmed that "France will always remain committed to the security and stability of Lebanon, and to fulfilling its commitments to implementing the CEDRE resolutions."

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US-Lebanese Man Charged with Scouting Targets for Hizbullah

A US citizen was charged Thursday with transmitting information to Hizbullah for possible terrorist attacks in the United States, the Justice Department said.

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US-Sanctioned Jammal Trust Bank Self-Liquidates

Lebanon's Central Bank announced Thursday it had agreed to the self-liquidation request it received from a bank hit by US sanctions last month over ties with Hizbullah.

"Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh announced today he approved the request made by Jammal Trust Bank SAL," the Lebanese state-run National News Agency reported.

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