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Jumblat Says Accepts to Offer 'Concessions for Sake of Country'

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat hinted Monday that he could agree to offer “concessions” regarding his party's share in the new government.

“Enough with building paper castles. The circumstances do not allow this luxury, as debt increases every moment due to public money waste, corruption and the accumulation of debt and haphazard spending. No one and no conference can rescue us,” Jumblat warned in a tweet.

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Abi Khalil, Siemens Representative Agree to Cooperate on Electricity Sector

Caretaker Energy and Water Resources Minister Cesar Abi Khalil announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached with representative of Siemens company to coordinate efforts in a bid to find a solution for the electricity crisis in Lebanon.

“An agreement on bilateral cooperation between the Ministry and the company has been reached in order to find the required solutions to the electricity crisis in Lebanon,” said Khalil.

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Police Arrest Syrian Doctor for Illegal Cosmetic Procedures

Police have arrested a Syrian doctor and his wife in Beirut’s neighborhood of Hamra on charges of performing illegal cosmetic procedures, the Internal Security Forces announced in a statement on Monday.

It said the practitioner carried out plastic surgeries inside an apartment in Hamra.

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Lebanon Invites Arab Leaders to AESD Summit

Dispatched by President Michel Aoun, caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil left on a regional tour to invite Arab leaders to the Arab Economic and Social Development summit to be held in Beirut on January 19-20, the National News Agency reported Monday.

NNA said that Bassil will first travel to Kuwait where he will hand an invitation to Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah. The two are expected to hold talks on several issues including the ties between the two countries.

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Report: PSP Delegation to Visit Berri Monday

A Progressive Socialist Party delegation, possibly led by its chief and Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc MP Taymour Jumblat, will reportedly visit Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the latest developments as per the Cabinet formation, al-Joumhouria daily reported Monday.

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Netanyahu Vows More Raids on Hizbullah Arms Shipments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday again pledged that Israel will maintain its efforts to stop the transfer of sophisticated weapons to Hizbullah.

Speaking at the start of a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu again pledged to stop "Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria and to thwart the transfer of lethal weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon."

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Drug Dealer Killed, Another Injured in Furn el-Chebbak

A drug dealer has been killed and another has been injured in the Furn el-Shebbak area, the army said.

“An Intelligence Directorate patrol tried to intercept a Nissan car carrying the drug dealers Omar Tarek Serhan and Mohammed Salim Jaafar outside the Collège Notre Dame des Frères school in the Furn el-Chebbak area on Saturday,” the army said in a statement.

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Bassil to Invite Gulf Leaders to Lebanon

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil will travel on a tour of the Arab Gulf on Sunday evening.

An Nahar newspaper said Bassil will visit the Gulf Cooperation Council member states to “hand their kings and emirs invitations from the President to attend the socio-economic Arab development summit that Beirut will host on January 19 and 20.”

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Report: Positive Govt. Drive Result of Iranian, French Pressure

The positive indications from the government formation process do not reflect the domestic tensions but rather regional developments that will gradually materialize in the Syrian arena and consequently have an impact on the entire region, a media report published Sunday said.

“Iran is pushing for a speedy government formation ahead of the expected sanctions on it, while France is moving towards the Middle East, especially Lebanon, with a French delegation expected in the country next week,” An Nahar daily quoted sources informed on the formation process as saying.

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Hariri, HRW Discuss Syrian Refugees, Granting Lebanese Women Right to Pass Nationality to Children

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held a meeting at the Center House on Friday with a delegation from Human Rights Watch headed by its Executive Director Kenneth Roth, in the presence of MP Roula Tabsh.

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