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Abou Faour Underlines Threats of Trash Crisis: Political Powers Hold Key to Ending it

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour highlighted on Monday the threats posed by the ongoing waste disposal problem in Lebanon, saying that the temporary dumps for Beirut's garbage are nearing their capacity.

He urged during a press conference the government to “take the fastest solution to resolve the problem because time is not on our side.”

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Khalil: Public Sector Salaries Impasse Will Aggravate in Sept.

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil warned on Monday that the government may be unable to pay the salaries of the government employees and civil servants by the end of September in light of the cabinet paralysis.

“Paying the wages of the public sector is starting to become a pressure card on the Finance Ministry. One of the ministries has started experiencing this pressure and may be unable to pay starting today,” warned Khalil in an interview to the As Safir daily.

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FPM Makes Initiative on Appointments as Cabinet Set to Fail on Choosing Army Chief of Staff

The Free Patriotic Movement has reportedly made an initiative to resolve the dispute on the appointment of high-ranking military and security officials as the cabinet, which is set to discuss the matter this week, is expected to fail to appoint a new miltiary chief of staff.

An Nahar daily said Monday that the proposal was made by FPM chief MP Michel Aoun during his meeting with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel last week.

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Report: U.S. Sets Red Lines for Lebanese Officials over Growing Crisis

The United States has advised Lebanese officials to preserve Lebanon's stability by avoiding a vacuum in security institutions and the premiership as a result of their sharp differences, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

Washington has stressed there were three led lines that the officials should not cross, the newspaper said.

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Wildfires in Several Regions as Civil Defense Warns over Heat Wave

Several wildfires erupted Sunday in many areas across Lebanon as the country started to be engulfed by a scorching heat wave.

In the Beirut suburb of Hadath, a blaze ripped through a forestland on the peripheries of the Lebanese University complex, state-run National News Agency said.

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Army Arrests Dozens of Syrians in Akkar for Lacking Legal Documents

The army carried out on Sunday raids against Syrian refugee encampments in the northern region of Akkar, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the military arrested at least 30 Syrians on the outskirts of the town of Kfartoun for lacking proper legal documents.

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Families of Arsal Captives Mark One Year of their Kidnapping

The relatives of servicemen kidnapped by Islamist groups from the northeastern border town of Arsal in 2014 on Saturday the first-year anniversary of their abduction, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Sunday.

They chose Saturday to mark the occasion because it coincided with Army Day.

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Gemayel: Some Sides Pushing Lebanon to Suicide through ‘Emptying’ State Institutions

The former chief of the Kataeb Party Amin Gemayel accused Hizbullah and its ally the Free Patriotic Movement of crippling the functioning of the government through their tactics, saying that the paralysis of the state ends with an initiative on their part, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.

He told the daily: “Some sides are pushing the country towards suicide through their efforts to empty state institutions.”

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Lebanon Submits Official Request to Extend UNIFIL’s Term

Lebanon has submitted an official request to the United Nations chief to extend the term of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, reported al-Mustaqbal daily on Sunday.

The request was made in accordance to U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 and without making alterations to UNIFIL’s mission.

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Army Destroys Vehicle Transporting Jihadists on Arsal Outskirts

The Lebanese army destroyed on Saturday a vehicle transporting gunmen on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said in the army's operation took place in Khirbet Daoud.

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