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Bike-Sharing Launched in Congested Beirut

Lebanon launched a bike-sharing program in its capital Beirut on Sunday, hoping to cut down on the congested city's notorious traffic and pollution.

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Franjieh Says 'Christians Strength in Openness', Warns against 'Isolationism' in Electoral Law

Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh has emphasized that “the strength of Christians lies in endorsing the thought of openness, national integration, coexistence and the creation of a civil state.”

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Roads Blocked after Lebanese Man Killed in al-Beddawi Camp Gunfight

Relatives of Lebanese citizen Ali Shatleh blocked roads with burning tires at the al-Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon on Sunday after the man was killed by stray gunshots during an overnight gunfight.

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Clashes Erupt at Beddawi Camp, Army Controls Situation

Armed clashes erupted on Saturday in the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Beddawi near the northern city of Tripoli , LBCI reported.

Clashes between the Palestinian security committee, an armed group from al-Shaabi family and other wanted fugitives escalated when a Palestinian official in the camp, identified as Abou Adnan was shot at.

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Pickup Drivers Protest Competition from Syrians

Drivers of pickup trucks staged a “symbolic” sit-in on Saturday in the northern district of Akkar protesting the competition from Syrians, the National News Agency reported.

NNA said the drivers protested the spiking hiring of Syrian drivers to transport agricultural produce from Bekaa and Akkar to other Lebanese regions.

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Zasypkin Says Lebanon Must Stage Parliamentary Polls

Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin stressed on Saturday that Lebanon must stage the parliamentary elections and pointed out that an electoral law is up for the Lebanese to decide.

“We insist on the issue of staging the parliamentary elections, but the draft of an electoral law is an internal Lebanese affair,” said the ambassador in an interview to VDL (100.5).

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Report: Electoral Law Meeting at Foreign Ministry 'Fails'

Efforts to reach a consensual electoral law to rule Lebanon's upcoming parliamentary polls continue but without any foreseeable results, al-Joumhouria daily said on Saturday.

Each political party "washes its hands of failure" to agree on a new law while maintaining adamant positions and distances itself from the complexity of the situation, which complicates things even further and obstructs an agreement, it added.

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Report: Berri Annoyed with Parties Handling of Law Proposal

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, the political assistant of Speaker Nabih Berri, refrained from attending what was described as an unprecedented meeting between various political parties over an electoral law, and that Berri is annoyed with the parties and their handling of his suggestion of an electoral law format, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

The daily said that “Khalil's absence came upon Berri's request as an expression of dissatisfaction with how his latest law proposal was handled by the political parties.”

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Man who Crossed into Israel Handed Over to Lebanese Army

A Lebanese man who crossed the border into Israel on Thursday was returned Friday to Lebanon via the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

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FPM, Hizbullah, Mustaqbal, LF and PSP Hold Unprecedented Electoral Law Meeting

A meeting over the electoral law was held Friday afternoon between the representatives of the country's main political parties, media reports said.

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