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'Inflexible Stances' Stop Salam from Finding Solution to Crisis as Diplomats Rush to his Support

Officials close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam were not optimistic on Wednesday on a possible solution to Lebanon's political crisis as top diplomats rushed to his support to stop a possible resignation decision.

The officials, who were not identified, told al-Joumhouria daily that “all efforts, which had been exerted until Tuesday, hit a dead-end as a result of inflexible stances that caused a failure in coming up with solutions” to controversial issues.

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Asiri Throws Support behind Salam amid Resignation Rumors

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri has said he informed Prime Minister Tammam Salam that Riyadh is keen on Lebanon's constitutional institutions after reports that the PM was mulling to resign.

In remarks to al-Joumhouria daily published Wednesday, Asiri said: “I stressed to him (Salam) that the Kingdom is keen on the continued functioning of state institutions, chiefly the premiership.”

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Jumblat Says No Hand in Any Garbage-Linked Investment

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat has stressed that he had no ties to any investment linked to Lebanon's waste management crisis.

Jumblat told As Safir daily published on Wednesday that there was potential for his sons Taymour and Aslan to enter in a partnership with Riad al-Asaad.

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'You Stink' Campaigners Back to the Streets of Beirut

Anti-trash activists blocked on Tuesday several roads in Beirut to protest the authorities' failure to find a permanent solution to the waste crisis.

The demonstration was planned to coincide with a cabinet session which Prime Minister Tammam Salam adjourned to pave way for more consultations.

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Salam Postpones Cabinet Session to Prevent its Possible Collapse

Prime Minister Tammam Salam postponed a cabinet session that was set to take place on Tuesday to pave way for more consultations and to avoid a further confrontation on its controversial decision-making mechanism.

A statement issued by the premiership said Salam set Thursday as a new date for the cabinet to convene.

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Cars Go Up in Flames as Protesters Continue Burning Waste in Beirut

Two cars went ablaze Monday evening in the Beirut area of Karakol al-Druze and several citizens suffered suffocation after young men set fire to trash dumpsters to protest the accumulation of garbage on the streets, state-run National News Agency reported.

A vehicle from the Beirut Fire Brigade has since arrived at the scene to put out the flames, NNA said.

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Salam Warns of Severe Circumstances if 'Disaster' Spirals out of Control

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has described the country's waste crisis as a “national disaster,” warning that street protests could spiral out of control and lead to detrimental effects.

“We are facing a national disaster that is much more dangerous than some (people) imagine,” Salam told As Safir daily in remarks published on Monday.

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Jumblat Does Not Rule out Another Naameh Landfill Extension

Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat did not rule out another extension for the landfill that lies in Naameh south of Beirut to find a temporary solution for Lebanon's waste management crisis.

In remarks to al-Akhbar daily published on Monday, Jumblat said that he hasn't so far seen a serious initiative to resolve the crisis which erupted when the landfill was closed on July 17 in accordance with a government decision taken earlier this year.

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Beirut-South Highway Reopened, 7 People Injured in Anti-Trash Clash

Protesters reopened on Monday a vital highway that links Beirut with the South following a pledge made by Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq not to transfer waste to Iqlim al-Kharroub region without a deal with municipalities.

Earlier Monday, three demonstrators and four policemen were injured during a clash when police tried to force protesters to open the Jiyeh highway.

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Trash Collection Restarts in Beirut after Landfill Crisis

Trash collection resumed in the capital Beirut after an almost week-long crisis that has seen streets overflowing with waste and the air filled with the smell of rotting garbage.

The collection restarted after a temporary deal was found to begin taking trash to several landfills in undisclosed locations.

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