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Several Troops Wounded in Clash with Fugitives in Tripoli

Several soldiers were wounded in a clash with fugitives Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli.

Al-Jadeed TV said seven troops were injured, one of them “very critically.”

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Hariri Says Hizbullah Sanctions to 'Expedite' Govt. Formation

The recently imposed sanctions on Hizbullah might “expedite” the government formation process rather than delay it, caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Tuesday.

“There is a decision to speed up the government formation and I believe that the sanctions on Hizbullah might expedite the formation process rather than delay it,” Hariri told LBCI television.

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Richard Attends Inauguration of Refurbished Ashrafieh Community Policing Station

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard participated on Tuesday in the inauguration ceremony for the newly refurbished police station in Ashrafieh.

“For this project, the U.S. Embassy worked with the ISF (Internal Security Forces) to convert the existing location into a new community policing station, focused on direct engagement with the local community,” the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

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AMAL Urges Supporters to Refrain from Celebratory Gunfire Wednesday

The AMAL Movement on Tuesday urged its members and supporters to refrain from shooting firearms in the air to celebrate Speaker Nabih Berri's expected re-election on Wednesday.

“This practice usually results in losses in lives and properties and sparks panic among citizens, which would strip the occasion of its meaning,” the movement warned in a statement.

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FPM MPs Meet Berri, Promise 'Cooperation, Positivity'

A delegation from the Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc of the Free Patriotic Movement held talks Tuesday in Ain el-Tineh with Speaker Nabih Berri, on the eve of a parliamentary session that is expected to see Berri re-elected for a sixth term.

The delegation comprised the MPs Ibrahim Kanaan, Elias Bou Saab and Alain Aoun.

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Bou Assi Hits Back at Bassil over Syrian Refugee Influx

Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi on Tuesday snapped back at caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil over the issue of the Syrian refugee crisis.

“What did the Free Patriotic Movement do during its presence in the government to prevent the increase in the refugee numbers?” Bou Assi said at a press conference he held to respond to accusations by Bassil and other FPM officials.

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Berri's Long Tenure Embodies Lebanon's Political Stagnation

Lebanon's longtime Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri often seems like a veteran schoolteacher with a class of unruly students, using threats and jokes and occasional gavel-pounding to keep the assembly in order.

The 80-year-old has held the job for a quarter-century, and is set to be re-elected as speaker for a sixth time on Wednesday, when the new assembly convenes after national elections earlier this month — the first in nine years.

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FPM to Decide on Parliament Speaker Vote after Bloc Meeting

The Free Patriotic Movement's Strong Lebanon bloc will convene Tuesday afternoon to decide how to vote during a parliamentary session that is expected to see Speaker Nabih Berri re-elected to his post for a sixth term.

Al-Mustaqbal bloc will also meet on Tuesday, after it already endorsed Berri for the speakership and announced that it would not vote for Elie al-Ferzli for the post of deputy speaker.

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Geagea Says Lebanese Forces Won't Vote for Berri

The MPs of the Lebanese Forces' Strong Republic bloc will cast blank ballots in the vote to pick a new parliament speaker, LF leader Samir Geagea announced on Monday.

Geagea noted, however, that MP-elect Qaysar al-Maalouf will not abide by the bloc's decision.

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Govt. OKs 3-Year Extension for Power Ships as Cost Slashed

The government on Monday approved a three-year extension for the contracts of the Turkish power-generating ships, as the energy minister lamented that there was an alleged plot to obstruct his electricity plan prior to the parliamentary elections.

“The decisions that were taken in this session and in the previous sessions indicate that all the talk about the electricity file has gone with the wind,” Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced after Cabinet's last session ahead of turning into a caretaker cabinet.

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