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Sidon-Beirut Highway Blocked over Naameh Landfill Reopening Reports

Protesters on Sunday briefly blocked the vital Sidon-Beirut highway in the Naameh area over unconfirmed reports suggesting that the controversial Naameh garbage landfill will be reopened.

Army troops and security forces managed to reopen the road after negotiations with the demonstrators.

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Geagea: Govt. Parties United on Looting State, Top Officials in Denial

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has lamented that the other parties in the government are only united on the approach of “looting the state.”

“How can situations not reach this extent and everyone is witnessing how governments are being formed. They superficially carry a very beautiful label, national unity, but practically they are nothing but governments of contradictions, governments of an arbitrary settlement that brings together parties who are only united over one thing: looting the state,” Geagea said in a speech in Canada’s Toronto.

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Jumblat Slams 'Lebanese System's Strongman', Salutes 'Oct. 13 Martyrs'

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Sunday blasted whom he called “the strongman of the Lebanese system.”

“On the October 13 anniversary, the strongman of the Lebanese system who is monopolizing everything due to the absence of others could have respected the Lebanese Army martyrs who fell on that day on the front without being told by their command that it had surrendered,” Jumblat tweeted.

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Security Forces Go on Alert in Dahiyeh, Ain el-Tineh over 'Israeli Drone'

Security forces went on alert overnight in two areas in the capital and its southern suburbs after an “Israeli drone” was heard hovering, media reports said.

MTV reported Sunday that an “Israeli surveillance drone” flew overnight “intensively and at a very low altitude” over Ain el-Tineh, where Speaker Nabih Berri’s palace is located.

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Hassan: The State Alone Guarantees Security of Lebanon

Interior Minister Raya Hassan stressed on Saturday that the Lebanese "state is the only entity eligible to protect and preserve Lebanon from external greeds," the National News Agency reported.

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Cabinet to Meet Monday

A ministerial committee tasked with following up on economic and structural reforms met at the Grand Serail on Saturday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The meeting concluded by announcing an agreement on a set of decisions to be taken by the Cabinet, along with a series of measures to be referred to the Parliament.

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UN Political and Peacebuilding Chief Visits UNIFIL

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, paid a visit Friday to the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon, and toured the Mission’s area of operations in order to see first-hand the work of UNIFIL in maintaining the cessation of hostilities and calm along the Blue Line, a UN press release said Saturday.

In Naqoura, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col briefed the UN’s political and peacebuilding chief on the work of the Mission and the security situation in the area of operation. He emphasized the critical role played by the Mission – especially through its liaison and coordination channels – in containing recent tensions and incidents along the Blue Line, which otherwise could have developed into a dangerous escalation.

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Wazni Says Lebanon Going Through 'Liquidity Crisis'

Economist Ghazi Wazi warned that Lebanon is going through a liquidity crisis, noting that the latest government measures to contain it were only “temporary,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Oil Importers Say Crisis Resolved after Gas Station Owners Declare Open-Ended Strike

Lebanon’s oil importing companies announced Friday evening that they will resume delivering fuel to stations and distributors as of Saturday morning and that they will get paid in Lebanese pound, hours after distributors and the owners of stations declared an open-ended strike.

The agreement was reached in a meeting between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a delegation from the importing companies.

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UK Minister of State for Middle East Ends Two-Day Visit to Lebanon

British Minister of State for the Middle East and International Development Andrew Murrison ended a two-day visit to Lebanon on Friday, reiterating the UK’s “long-term commitment to supporting a strong and prosperous Lebanon” and announcing “over $41 million towards Lebanese host communities and refugees alike,” the British embassy said.

During his visit, Murrison met with President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, MPs and senior business leaders. He also visited UK aid funded projects up and down the country supporting Lebanese host communities, with a focus on economy, education, demining, refugees and the Lebanese Armed Forces.

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