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U.S. Slaps Fresh Sanctions on Suspected Hizbullah Members, Firms

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday slapped sanctions on two alleged Hizbullah financiers and five companies allegedly linked to the Iran-backed Lebanese group.

“Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Hizbullah financier Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and Hizbullah's representative to Iran Abdallah Safi-Al-Din as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism,” the Treasury said in a statement.

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Arslan, Jumblat, Wahhab in New Twitter War of Words

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat and Arab Tawhid Party leader ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Thursday exchanged fresh jabs via Twitter.

“I had promised you during the last press conference after the Choueifat clash that I would respond against you in person whenever one of your thugs attacks me,” Arslan tweeted, addressing Jumblat.

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Hariri Urges Zakka Release in Talks with Iran Envoy

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday called on Iran to release Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese IT expert and advocate of Internet freedom who has been sentenced in Tehran to ten years in jail on espionage-related charges, media reports said.

Zakka has a green card and was a permanent resident of the United States.

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Clash Erupts in Mieh Mieh Palestinian Refugee Camp

A clash broke out on Thursday at the Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The agency said the clash erupted in the camp's al-Wadi neighborhood between members of the Fatah Movement and members of the al-Kaoush family.

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Iran Denounces U.S. and Saudi Sanctions against Hizbullah

Iran's foreign minister on Thursday lashed out on Twitter at the US and Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on leaders of its Lebanese ally Hizbullah. 

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Rahi Calls for Plan to Protect and Preserve Lebanese

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi sounded the alarm over a looming education crisis following the wage increase of Lebanon's private school teachers, as he called for devising plans that make Lebanese youth dismiss thoughts of emigration, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

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Salameh Says Elections Resonated Well in Financial Circles

Central Bank (BDL) Governor Riad Salameh said on Thursday that staging the parliamentary elections has had a positive impact in the international and domestic financial circles.

“The reactions were good. Holding the elections has had a positive effect in financial circles,” Salameh told President Michel Aoun during their meeting at Baabda Palace.

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Report: Mustaqbal-LF Turn New Leaf, Aim to Restore Confidence in New Government

A new leaf in relations has been turned over between the Lebanese Forces and al-Mustaqbal Movement following the Geagea-Hariri meeting at the latter’s residence early this week, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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U.S., Gulf States Slap Sanctions on Nasrallah, Qassem, Hizbullah Officials

The United States and the Arab Gulf countries on Wednesday imposed new sanctions targeting Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, his deputy Sheikh Naim Qassem and other senior officials of the Iran-backed Lebanese group.

“Today, the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) took significant actions to disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group by designating the senior leadership of Lebanese Hizbullah,” the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.

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Hizbullah Bloc Nominates Berri for Speakership, Urges Fast Govt. Formation

Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc on Wednesday called for the re-election of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to his post, as it urged a quick cabinet formation process.

In a statement issued after its weekly meeting, the bloc noted that the upcoming period requires addressing “the economic and social affairs” and “a lot of vigilance, wisdom and firm stances.”

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