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Parliament Passes Landmark Law to Find Civil War Missing

Lebanon for the first time has passed a law to investigate the fate of thousands of people missing since the civil war and to hold those responsible to account.

Rights groups say thousands of people disappeared during the 1975-1990 conflict, and have repeatedly called for a law to help bring answers to their families.

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Legislative Session Endorses Health Care Bill

The legislative session kicked off at the Parliament on Monday chaired by Speaker Nabih Berri where lawmakers were set to endorse several draft laws, as the government formation process continues to stall, the National News Agency reported.

The Parliament endorsed a bill related to health care and medication, said NNA.

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Rahi: Lebanon Can’t Be Ruled by Mentality of Political Militia

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said that Lebanon could not be ruled by the mentality of political militia, highlighting the necessity to raise and educate the new generations so that they develop a different outlook, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

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Saudi Embassy Issues Warning of Suspects Impersonating Saudi Figures

In a statement on Monday, the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon said that scammers have been impersonating themselves as Saudi officials, convening with Lebanese figures without any official capacity.

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British Embassy Commemorates 'Remembrance Day': 2018 Marks 100 Years Since the End of WWI

The British Embassy in Lebanon – along with embassies all over the world – held a ‘Remembrance Day’ service at the Beirut Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in honour of the brave soldiers on all sides, who were killed during World Wars I and II, and in other conflicts, a press release said.

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Report: Hizbullah Says Ball is in Hariri’s Court

Lebanon’s government formation continues to stall as Hizbullah "puts the ball” in PM-designate Saad Hariri’s court saying “he should save his government” by allowing the representation of so-called independent Sunni MPs of March 8, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Alain Aoun: Hizbullah 'Can Scare', Nasrallah Remarks Indicate Solution Not Impossible

MP Alain Aoun of the Strong Lebanon bloc noted Sunday that Hizbullah has the ability to “scare” others, as he said that Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's remarks on Saturday indicated that a solution to the so-called Sunni obstacle is not impossible.

“The voice of the independent Sunnis should have been louder from the beginning and they should not have waited for five months. One of the weaknesses of the independent Sunni grouping is that they did not go as one bloc to the (binding parliamentary) consultations (to name the PM-designate),” Aoun said in an interview with al-Jadeed TV.

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Hariri to Hold Beirut Press Conference on Govt. Formation Developments

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has decided to return to Lebanon and voice a stance on the current standoff in the cabinet formation process, his office said.

A statement issued by the office said Hariri will hold a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 pm at the Center House to discuss “the developments in the cabinet formation process.”

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Netanyahu to Reportedly Ask Macron to Press Lebanon on Hizbullah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to France and is likely to ask Paris to intensify pressure on Lebanon regarding “the precision missile factories that Iran has built on its soil,” Israeli media reports said.

According to the reports, Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday on the sidelines of the ceremonies marking 100 years since the end of World War One.

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Nasrallah Throws Support Behind Sunni MPs, Affirms ‘Firm’ Relations with Aoun

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah reiterated backing for the participation of so-called independent Sunni MPs, assuring that relations with his ally President Michel Aoun were intact.

“All officials including President (Michel) Aoun and Speaker (Nabih) Berri had initially agreed on the representation of independent Sunni MPs but the PM-designate (Saad Hariri) did not,” said Nasrallah in a televised address marking Hizbullah Martyr’s Day.

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