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Hariri Travels to United Arab Emirates

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri left Beirut this afternoon heading to the United Arab Emirates, his press office said.

Bickering between Lebanon's political rivals has left the country in a stalemate for months, only worsening the economic disaster sparked by a debt crisis and sovereign default last year.

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Geagea Says Early Polls Can be Alternative to Internationalization

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday reiterated his call for early parliamentary elections as a way out of Lebanon’s compounded crises.

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Association Says Banks Had No Role in Dollar Rate Surge

The Association of Banks in Lebanon on Wednesday categorically denied media reports linking banks to a dramatic surge in the dollar exchange rate on the black market.

“The requirements of banking liquidity abroad, as stipulated by the central bank according to Circular 154, exceed $3.4 billion sector-wide, so is it reasonable for banks to draw them from the local black market whose volume does not exceed a few million dollars?” ABL said in a statement.

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U.S. Strives to Assist People in Lebanon, Says Shea

The United States seeks to provide help for the Lebanese people to address the dire difficult conditions, the US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea said on Wednesday.

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Strong Republic Bloc Meets U.S. Ambassador

A delegation of the Lebanese Forces, Strong Republic bloc met the US ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea at the embassy in Awkar on Wednesday, and handed her a copy of the memorandum submitted by LF deputies to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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Report: Street Protests over Currency Depreciation Extend to pro-Hizbullah Areas

The Lebanese pound plummeted to an all-time low triggering street protests and road blockades that extended to pro-Hizbullah areas in Lebanon, the Saudi Asharq el-Awsat reported Wednesday.

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Schenker Hopes Biden Administration Gives Priority for Lebanon

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker said that Lebanon was “cooperative” at the beginning of its indirect maritime negotiations with Israel, and that it later set “crippling demands” which affected the talks.

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Israel Releases Lebanese Citizen Nabbed from Kfarshouba Area

The Israeli army on Tuesday released a Lebanese citizen whom it had accused Sunday of crossing into the occupied part of the Kfarshouba Hills.

The 26-year-old man, who hails from the Hasbaya town of al-Hibbariyeh, was handed to the UNIFIL peacekeeping force at the Ras al-Naqoura crossing, UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti said.

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FPM Bloc Urges Hariri to Present 'Unambiguous' Line-Up to Aoun

The Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc on Tuesday warned over the “negative repercussions” resulting from the delay in forming a new government, urging PM-designate Saad Hariri to submit an “unambiguous” cabinet line-up to President Michel Aoun.

The bloc “is still awaiting the PM-designate to conduct the necessary consultations and cooperate with the president to submit a cabinet line-up that respects the norms stipulated by the National Pact and the constitution,” it said in a statement issued after its weekly e-meeting.

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Lebanon Seeks U.N. Help over Mediterranean Oil Spill Pollution

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday moved to file a report with the U.N. in which it asked for technical assistance in the face of a Mediterranean oil spill that has contaminated at least half of coastline.

The report, prepared by the National Council for Scientific Research at the request of caretaker PM Hassan Diab, highlights the magnitude of the damage, describes it as an environmental disaster and warns that the recovery could take several years, the National News Agency said.

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