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Hitti from KSA: Lebanon Adheres to Arab Peace Initiative

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassif Hitti reiterated Lebanon's commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative which was endorsed at the Beirut Arab League Summit in 2002, based upon related UN resolutions and international law principles, in order to reach a just, lasting, and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian Cause, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

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Hasan Says Coronavirus Doesn’t Survive on Mail from China

Health Minister Hamad Hasan assured on Monday that the deadly coronavirus does not get transmitted through mail packages arriving from the disease-inflicted country of China.

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Abdullah: Democratic Gathering Bloc to Withhold Confidence Vote

Democratic Gathering bloc MP Bilal Abdullah said on Monday that his bloc shall participate in a parliament session on the new government but will not give it its vote of confidence.

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Report: Schenker to Visit Lebanon after Govt. Confidence Vote

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker is expected to visit crisis-hit Lebanon “when the new government receives the Parliament’s vote of confidence,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Ministerial Panel to Finalize Policy Statement Monday

The ministerial panel drafting the new government’s Policy Statement will hold a “final reading” session on Monday after the draft was distributed to all ministers, media reports said.

“After the finalization of the draft in Monday’s meeting, a cabinet session will be scheduled to be held at the Baabda Palace under President Michel Aoun to approve the statement in its final version,” An-Nahar newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Skirmishes as Protesters Rally in Awkar against Trump Plan

Several protesters were injured Sunday as security forces used pepper spray against stone-throwing demonstrators rallying against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan near the U.S. embassy in Awkar.

The protesters were treated for fainting and suffocation injuries.

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Protesters March in Beirut, Tripoli to Reject New Govt.

Hundreds of Lebanese marched on Saturday through the streets of the capital and the main northern city to reject a new government named to deal with an economic crisis, which they say lacks a popular mandate.

The new government named in January came after weeks of political stalemate and amid nationwide protests while Lebanon grappled with an unprecedented economic crisis.

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Drunk Driver Kills 4 Lebanese Children in Australia

A drunk driver slammed his pickup truck into a group of Lebanese children in Sydney, killing two sisters, their brother and a cousin and seriously injuring three others, police alleged on Sunday.

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Wazni: Policy Statement to Be Ready Monday

Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni announced that the government’s policy statement will be ready on Monday, adding that a BDL circular regulating bank-customer relations has been issued, LBCI TV station said Saturday.

In remarks to the station, Wazni said the government shall finish discussing the ministerial statement “it will be ready on Monday.”

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Report: Central Bank Measures Could 'Ease' Concerns

Central bank governor Riad Salameh intends to take some “important” measures in agreement with local banks, and under a political cover, within the exceptional powers granted to him by the Monetary and Credit Law / Article 174, al-Liwaa daily reported on Saturday.

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