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Gharib: Coordination with Syria Obligatory on Refugees Return

State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib said that coordination between Lebanon and Syria on the return of refugees is “compulsory,” the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Friday.

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PSP Delegation Meets Hariri, Says 'Ties Mended, Firmer than Before'

A Progressive Socialist Party delegation on Thursday met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and announced that ties between the two parties have been mended and are now “firmer than before.”

The delegation comprised the ministers Akram Shehayyeb and Wael Abu Faour and the MPs Fisal al-Sayegh and Hadi Abu al-Husn. The meeting was held in the presence of Hariri's aide and ex-minister Ghattas Khoury.

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Hajj Says KSA Wanted Her Fired, Ghabash Says 'Coordinated' with Her on Itani

Suspended Internal Security Forces officer Lt. Col. Suzanne al-Hajj on Thursday told the Military Court that interrogators had showed her “a paper issued by the Saudi intelligence command” asking Lebanese authorities to hand her the “severest penalties” and “expel” her from her post as head of the ISF anti-cyber crime bureau.

MTV meanwhile reported that Hajj stressed in her testimony that she “never had any form of ties” to the hacker Elie Ghabash, who is accused of having fabricated the electronic evidence that landed the actor Ziad Itani in jail on charges of spying for Israel.

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Report: 5 Officers Ordered Detained as Othman Gives Permission

Judge Ghada Aoun on Thursday ordered the interrogation and detention of five Internal Security Forces officers and a number of ISF members after ISF chief Maj. Gen. Imad Othman gave a permission for their prosecution, a media report said.

The five officers are accused of accepting bribes in return for protecting fugitives.

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Jumblat Files Lawsuit against al-Jadeed Television

Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Thursday filed a lawsuit against al-Jadeed television and Charbel Khalil's Qadh-w-Jam satirical TV show, accusing them of “libel, defamation and stirring sectarian sentiments.”

The lawsuit was submitted by the justice and legislation officer of the PSP, the lawyer Suzanne Ismail.

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Govt. Approves Policy Statement as LF 'Strongly Objects' to Resistance Text

The Council of Ministers on Thursday approved the new government's Policy Statement, after it was finalized a day earlier by a ministerial panel.

“We demanded placing the strategic decisions exclusively in the hands of the state and our demand was recorded without being added to the Statement,” Social Affairs Minister Richard Kouyoumjian of the LF said after the session.

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Berri: Oil Companies Warned about Israel Infringing on Territorial Waters

Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday, said he raised with visiting Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, the Israeli violations against Lebanon’s offshore gas blocks.

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Hariri Calls on Italy to Increase Investment in Lebanon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has called on Italian companies to invest in Lebanon as it seeks to address deepening economic challenges.

Hariri met with his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, in Beirut on Thursday and said that "the coming period in Lebanon is a period of work ... with many investment opportunities."

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Nasrallah ‘Opening Doors Wide’ for Iran Role in Lebanon, Mahfoud Says

The Change Movement head, Elie Mahfoud criticized on Thursday Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Wednesday remarks, saying he is paving the way for an Iranian role in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

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Israel Briefly Detains Lebanese in Occupied Territories

A Lebanese national who entered the occupied territories of Palestine was reportedly caught by Israeli forces in the vicinity of the radar site in the heights of Shebaa Farms, LBCI TV channel reported on Thursday.

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