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U.S. Targets Alleged Hizbullah Financier with Sanctions

The United States levied sanctions Friday against six individuals and seven business with links to alleged Hizbullah financier Adham Tabaja, the White House said.

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Bassil to Expat Conference: 'No Gods among Us', Hegemony is Unacceptable

Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil decided Friday not to attend a Lebanese expat conference in Abidjan over security concerns related to the latest crisis between him and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Citing security reports, Bassil told the conference via video link that he did not attend the event because he fears “possible acts of sabotage against our conference.”

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Aoun Reassures: Lessons Drawn from Latest Incidents

President Michel Aoun reassured Friday that “lessons have been drawn from the latest incidents,” referring to three days of unrest and protests that followed leaked and harsh remarks by Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil against Speaker Nabih Berri.

“Things have returned to normal and the situations have been settled,” Aoun added, reiterating his call for “resolving all disputes with state institutions and not on the streets.”

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AMAL, Hizbullah, FPM 'Reconcile' in Hadath Meeting

A delegation of Hizbullah and AMAL lawmakers visited the municipality of Hadath on Friday to ease a row with the Free Patriotic Movement and the rising tensions among their supporters that almost threw the country off balance.

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Three Inmates Escape Baalbek Prison

Three inmates have reportedly managed to escape at dawn from a district prison in Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, media reports said on Friday.

The National News Agency said three suspects, arrested for drug trafficking, managed to escape at dawn from a prison in Baalbek police station fleeing through a window and using blankets as a rope.

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Abi Khalil Says Lebanon Will Go Ahead with Oil Exploration Despite Israel Claims

Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil vowed that Beirut will go ahead with oil and gas exploration near its maritime border despite Israeli claims to the field that provoked wide condemnation in the tiny Arab country.

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Security Forces Arrest Kidnapper in Bekaa, Free Abductee

The Internal Security Forces arrested a suspect in the western Bekaa town of Jib Janine in connection with the abduction of a man who had gone missing a while ago, the ISF said in a statement on Friday.

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Hariri Says 'More Needed from Int'l Community' as 2018 Refugee Plan Launched

Prime Minister Saad Hariri, together with the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini and Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi on Thursday launched the 2018 update of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2017-2020 at the Grand Serail.

The Government of Lebanon and its national and international partners appealed for USD 2.68 billion to provide critical humanitarian assistance as well as invest in Lebanon’s public infrastructure, services and local economy.

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Aoun, Berri Agree to Meet, Put End to War of Words

President Michel Aoun held phone talks Thursday with Speaker Nabih Berri amid an unprecedented row between them and skyrocketing tensions between their supporters.

The phone call was held during Prime Minister Saad Hariri's meeting with Aoun in Baabda and at the premier's request, according to MTV.

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Lebanon Says Will Pursue Oil Exploration despite Israeli Criticism

Lebanon on Thursday pledged to do "everything in its power" to pursue oil and gas drilling off its coast, in response to Israeli accusations that such explorations were "provocative."

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