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Geagea Slams Parties Paralyzing State, Destabilizing Arab Countries

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lashed out at parties that consider Lebanon part of a broader empire thus prolonging the presidential vacuum because it serves its strategic goals.

“The sides are not only paralyzing the Lebanese Republic, but also destabilizing the Arab and regional security by creating armed groups,” Geagea said.

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Al-Rahi Reiterates Calls on MPs to End Prolonged Presidential Vacuum

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi reiterated calls on Sunday on lawmakers to attend parliament sessions and elect a new head of state.

“The people are suffering on all levels” due to the ongoing vacuum at the Baabda Palace, al-Rahi said during his Sunday sermon at Bkirki.

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Lebanese Killed in Drive-by Shooting in Melbourne

A 39-year-old Lebanese national was killed at dawn in Melbourne, Australia after unknown assailants opened fire at him.

The state-run National News Agency reported on Sunday that Khaled Yehya Abou Hasna was the victim.

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Report: Authorities Investigating Links between Hizbullah Member, Flow of Illicit Money

Lebanese authorities are reportedly investigating claims that a prominent member of Hizbullah is involved in transferring money from Lebanon to military groups affiliated with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen and other organizations.

According to the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah published on Sunday, security sources are probing reports saying that M.A.S, who is also known as Abou Jaafar, is linked to carrying out Hizbullah's financial transactions to foreign groups.

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Report: Rioters at Roumieh Prison Demanding to Return to Notorious Block B

Islamist inmates at Roumieh prison, who staged a riot two days ago at the facility's block D, were demanding to return to the notorious block B, An Nahar newspaper reported on Sunday.

The daily said that the Internal Security Forces reestablished full control of Roumieh's block D over two phases.

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Jumblat Lashes Out at Nasrallah, Says Strongly Worded Speech to Harm Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat slammed on Sunday criticism by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah against Saudi Arabia, wondering what compelled him to deliver a tensed speech over the offensive in Yemen.

“The strongly worded rhetoric by Nasrallah doesn't benefit anyone,” Jumblat said in comments published in al-Mustaqbal newspaper.

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France Provides First Weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State Fight

The first French weapons from a $3 billion Saudi-funded program will arrive in Lebanon on Monday as allies seek to bolster the country's defenses against the Islamic State group and other jihadists pressing along its Syrian border.

Anti-tank guided missiles are set to arrive at an air force base in Beirut, overseen by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Lebanese counterpart, Samir Moqbel.

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Rouhani Accuses Riyadh of Providing Arms to 'Terrorists' in Lebanon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Saudi Arabia on Saturday of providing weapons and funding to terrorist groups in the Middle East, including Lebanon.

"What does providing financial assistance and weapons to terrorists in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq mean?" Rouhani asked.

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Gemayel: Dialogue is Pointless if it Does Not Lead to Election of President

Head of the Kataeb Party Amin Gemayel questioned the ongoing vacancy in the presidency and the “suicide of Christians” who are contributing to the vacuum, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

He told the daily in an interview: “Dialogue that does not lead to quorum at parliament and the election of a president is pointless.”

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Stranded Drivers Express 'Disgust' over Cabinet's Failure to Resolve of their Case

The Lebanese drivers who have been stranded in Saudi Arabia as a result of the closure of the Nasib border crossing between Jordan and Syria have expressed their disappointment at the cabinet's failure to properly resolve their case, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

They said that the recent cabinet decisions “did not meet their expectations in resolving their case.”

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