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Presidential Elections Postponed to September 30

A session to elect a president was postponed again after the needed quorum at parliament was not met.

Speaker Nabih Berri scheduled the next session for September 30.

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Mashnouq: Security Made Limited Mistakes, Protesters Had Choice to Willingly Evacuate Ministry

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq acknowledged on Wednesday that some security members made “limited mistakes” while they were forcing protesters out of the Environment Ministry the day before, As Safir daily said.

“The protesters were given more than one chance to evacuate the government building,” said al-Mashnouq.

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Jumblat Calls for Talks between Protesters, Officials to Find Alternative Landfill

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat has stressed that the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq over his failure to resolve the snowballing waste crisis is “useless.”

Jumblat told An Nahar daily published Wednesday that the authorities should start cooperating with the young protesters calling for al-Mashnouq's resignation to find an alternative for the Naameh landfill.

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Berri Defends Environment Minister over Resignation Demands

Speaker Nabih Berri has defended Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq against demonstrators calling for his resignation, saying he is not corrupt.

According to As Safir daily published on Wednesday, Berri told his visitors that “al-Mashnouq is clean and is not corrupt.”

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Diplomats: Security Council to Hear Briefing on Lebanon Protests

The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an emergency session on Wednesday to discuss anti-government protests that have rattled Lebanon in the past two weeks, diplomats said.

One of the diplomats told An Nahar newspaper that the Council will hear a briefing from U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag via video conference on the latest developments in the country, mainly the protests against the political class.

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Mustaqbal Rejects 'Coup-like Pressure' for Any Minister's Resignation

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday slammed the storming of the Environment Ministry building by “You Stink” activists as a “dangerous coup-like method,” warning that such tactics serve the interests of “those who are seeking chaos in Lebanon.”

“In principle, peaceful protest highlights the vigor of the Lebanese people, who had revolted in March 2005 against tyranny and hegemony … Therefore, the return of the Lebanese to peaceful protest underscores their patriotism and adherence to the peaceful, democratic and civil heritage,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting, in reference to Saturday's mass rally in downtown Beirut.

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Aoun Voices Fear of Arab Spring's Effect on Lebanon, Questions 'Sides that are Mobilizing Youth Protests'

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun stressed on Tuesday the “rightful” demands being made by civil society protesters over the political reality in Lebanon, adding that he had objected to corruption in the country years ago.

He added however: “We have questions over those who are mobilizing the demonstrators.”

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Kuwait Charges Hizbullah, Iran-linked Suspects with Plotting Attacks

Kuwait on Tuesday charged 24 people suspected of links to Hizbullah and Iran with plotting attacks against the Gulf state, a statement by the public prosecutor said.

The men were charged with "spying for the Islamic republic of Iran and Hizbullah to carry out aggressive acts against the State of Kuwait" by smuggling in and assembling explosives, as well as possessing firearms and ammunition, the statement said.

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Injuries as ISF Forcibly Clears 'You Stink' Activists who Occupied Environment Ministry

Riot police forcibly removed protesters who had occupied part of the environment ministry in central Beirut on Tuesday following a several-hour standoff, which left several activists wounded.

Police gradually moved the several dozen protesters from the "You Stink" campaign down from the eighth floor of the building in downtown Beirut.

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Shehayyeb's Committee Report Expected this Week as Municipalities Await Funds

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb is expected to deliver to Prime Minister Tammam Salam this week a report on ways to resolve the country's waste crisis.

Salam appointed Shehayyeb on Monday to lead a committee of waste specialists after Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq suspended his participation in the meetings of a ministerial committee tasked with resolving the garbage problem.

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