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Senior UK Defense Adviser Vows 'Continued Support, Friendship with Lebanese Army'

Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, the UK's Defense Senior Adviser on the Middle East, has ended a two-day visit to Lebanon, the British embassy said on Tuesday.

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AUB Selected for WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, has announced the American University of Beirut as the EMEA region winner of the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award.

A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research.

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Private Generator Owners Announce Two-Hour Temporary Shutdown

Private generator owners announced a two-hour shutdown on Tuesday in protest to what they called “campaigns against them.”

They said during a press conference that generators will be shutdown between 5:00 and 7:00 PM in protest to “unfair pricing” set by the Energy Ministry.

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Offshore Drilling for Oil and Gas Begins in 2019, Says Andari

Banque Du Liban's second vice-governor Saad Andari announced during a conference that Lebanon expects to start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas by the end of 2019, LBCI news said on Tuesday.

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Finance Ministry: U.S. Sanctions on Iran Have No Direct Effect on Lebanon

The Ministry of Finance confirmed there was no direct effect on Lebanon as the result of sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran, “because the banking and financial system in Lebanon comply with the international rules,” al-Joumhouria daily reported in Tuesday.

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Report: Aoun, Hizbullah ‘Discuss’ Sunni Hurdle

Discussions about the government formation process and the “Sunni representation obstacle” were reportedly held between President Michel Aoun and Hizbullah party, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily said on Tuesday.

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Guidanian Apologizes after Saying Egypt is a 'Dirty Place'

Caretaker Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian on Monday apologized to Egypt after describing the Arab country as a “dirty place.”

“In an interview with Lebanon's The Daily Star newspaper, I talked about the media's role in highlighting tourism's decent image, giving an example about the Arab Republic of Egypt,” Guidanian said in a statement.

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Bahia Hariri Says PM-Designate 'Not on a Retreat' in Paris

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is “not on a retreat” in the French capital Paris, MP Bahia Hariri said on Monday.

“The PM-designate is not on a retreat and he is taking his time in the issue of (the cabinet) formation,” the lawmaker, who is also Hariri’s aunt, said.

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Zakka Says Lebanese State in 'Coma' over His Detention

Lebanese citizen and permanent U.S. resident Nizar Zakka has lamented that the Lebanese state seems to be in “full coma” over his continued imprisonment in Iran.

In a statement distributed by his family, Zakka thanked the Iranian “political prisoners” who are jailed with him “underground” for celebrating his birthday.

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Al-Rahi Visits Aoun, Confirms Geagea to Meet Franjieh Soon

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi confirmed Monday that a much-anticipated reconciliation meeting between Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh will be held “soon,” as he stressed the need to facilitate the formation of the new government.

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