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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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Report: France Dubs Russian Refugees Initiative as ‘Mere Talk’

A Russian initiative aiming to help Syrian refugees return from Lebanon and other states back to their homeland is “mere empty talk,” Saudi al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday.

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Nasrallah: Iran Can Give Army Air Defense, Solve Electricity Problem

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced Wednesday that he is willing to ask Iran to provide the Lebanese Army with weapons and air defense systems, while noting that Tehran can “easily” solve Lebanon's chronic electricity problem.

“Will the Lebanese government dare to accept the Iranian proposals? Why should Lebanon remain afraid to cooperate with Iran?” Nasrallah said in a televised address marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution.

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Chidiac Says Bassil Shouldn't be Allowed to Voice Own Stance on Syria Abroad

State Minister for Administrative Development Affairs May Chidiac on Wednesday said that Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil should not be allowed to voice his own stances on the Syrian issue when representing Lebanon abroad.

“We cannot accept that Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil be allowed to express foreign policy stances at international forums without the presence of consensus on them” in Lebanon, Chidiac said after the meeting of a ministerial panel drafting the new Cabinet's Policy Statement.

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Ministerial Panel Finalizes Policy Statement amid LF Reservations

A ministerial panel tasked with drafting the Policy Statement of the new government finalized the text on Wednesday after a final reading session.

“Things were calm and the atmosphere was very positive,” Information Minister Jamal al-Jarrah said after the meeting.

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