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Exchange Shops Suspend Work Friday in Latest Lebanon Strikes

The Syndicate of Money Exchange houses in Lebanon said they will go on strike on Friday in protest at accusations blaming them for the dollar crisis.

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Oil Trader Sues BankMed in U.S. Court

An international oil trader is suing a Lebanese bank in the United States over failing to release $1 billion in deposits, court documents showed, charges the banking institution denied on Thursday.

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Report: AMAL Says Ain el-Rummaneh-Shiyyah Incidents Not Partisan

The AMAL Movement of Speaker Nabih Berri asserted on Thursday that the latest clashes in Beirut suburbs of Ain el-Rummaneh and Shiyyah did not erupt between partisans of AMAL and the Lebanese Forces, asserting that “coexistence” is a red line, Saudi Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday.

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Arab League Expresses Willingness to Help Lebanon End Political Crisis

The Arab League said Thursday it is ready to help Lebanon solve its political stalemate, after weeks of mass protests and amid the country’s worst financial crisis in decades.

President Michel Aoun received at Baabda visiting Arab League assistant secretary general, Hossam Zaki who relayed the League’s willingness to help Lebanon out of its political and economic impasse, the National News Agency reported.

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Amid Protests in Lebanon, Financial Collapse and Security Concerns Loom

Amid a political impasse after more than 40 days of protests, sectarian and political rivalries are awakening in Lebanon, with scuffles breaking out daily, including in areas that were deadly front lines during the country's 1975-90 conflict.

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Economic Committees Call Off Strike as Gas Stations Close Indefinitely

The Economic Committees, a grouping of Lebanon’s business leaders and owners of major firms, on Wednesday called off a strike they had called for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as the Syndicate of Gas Station Owners declared an open-ended strike in protest at the ongoing dollar shortage crisis.

The Committees said their decision comes after “a lot of requests from private companies, which said that they need every day of work in order to cover their operational costs after the major losses that they suffered.”

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Lebanon Protesters Demand 'Haircuts for the Rich'

Lebanese anti-government protesters lined up for free haircuts outside the central bank in Beirut Wednesday in a symbolic plea to make the rich pay and help rescue an economy in freefall.

"We're here to teach them what a good haircut looks like," said 34-year-old Rebecca Saade, waiting for a volunteer barber to snip away at her short brown hair.

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113 Syrian Refugees from Lebanon Welcomed in Italy

More than a hundred Syrian refugees arrived in Rome on Wednesday, the latest wave of refugees from the war-torn country to be escorted to safety in Europe.

The 113 men, women and children arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport from Lebanon where church groups had arranged their safe passage out of refugee camps.

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Mothers, Residents of Ain el-Rummaneh, Shiyyah March Together after Unrest

Mothers and residents of the Beirut suburbs of Ain el-Rummaneh and Shiyyah on Wednesday marched together in a solidarity rally, following overnight unrest in the area.

The gathering started outside the landmark Sannine Roastery in Ain el-Rummaneh at the invitation of Lebanese mothers and women who called for rejecting “all the scenes that the streets witnessed over the past two days” and denouncing “segregation and the return to the rhetoric of frontlines and war.”

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Berri: Caretaker Govt. Should Meet, Billions Sent Abroad Must Return

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday said that the caretaker cabinet should have convened amid the extraordinary circumstances in the country.

“The situation is very dangerous and we don’t have the luxury of time,” Berri said during the weekly Ain el-Tineh meeting with MPs, wondering why the caretaker cabinet “has not performed its duties.”

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