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Khalil Dismisses Allegations about Wages of Civil Servants

In light of a delayed government formation, caretaker Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil denied media claims that wages for civil servants and retirees were unavailable, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

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Officially Appointed as Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Bukhari Arrives in Beirut

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari arrived in Beirut on Wednesday after being officially appointed by Saudi Arabia.

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Report: Hizbullah ‘Doesn’t Mind’ Naming Figure from Outside Consultative Gathering

Although Hizbullah insists on the representation of Sunni MPs of March 8 in the government, it reportedly has no objection to naming a figure from outside the Consultative Gathering provided the six MPs accept this solution, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

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Higher Defense Council Meets at Baabda Palace

President Michel Aoun chaired a meeting with the Higher Defense Council at Baabda Palace on Wednesday, the National News Agency reported.

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Roads Blocked in Protest at Wahhab's Anti-Hariri Remarks

Several roads were blocked Tuesday evening in the capital Beirut in protest at remarks voiced by ex-minister Wiam Wahhab against Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

The Traffic Management Center said protesters blocked the road between Qasqas and the airport, the Sports City road near Tariq al-Jedideh, the nearby Cola roundabout and the vital Corniche al-Mazraa highway.

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Mustaqbal: Hariri's Approach Has Protected Lebanon in Most Difficult Circumstances

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday condemned what it called a “suspicious campaign” against Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, stressing that his approach has “protected Lebanon in the most difficult circumstances.”

“The bloc emphasizes that the noble national course of the PMs Rafik and Saad Hariri cannot be reached by the insults of any political figure in Lebanon whoever he may be,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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Zakka's Family Urges Lebanon to Treat Him Like Carlos Ghosn

The family of Nizar Zakka -- a Lebanese citizen and U.S. green card holder who has been detained in Iran since 2015 -- has called on the Lebanese state to give his case the same attention it has given to Carlos Ghosn’s arrest in Japan.

“As we value the speed in which the Lebanese state, represented by the Foreign Ministry, has acted in to follow up on Mr. Carlos Ghosn’s case, out of its duty towards its citizens whether they are Lebanese or of Lebanese origin, we reiterate our call for this political-diplomatic drive to involve the case of our son Nizar, who is arbitrarily detained in Iran,” the family said in a statement.

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Merehbi: Syrian Abuses Slow Return of Refugees

A Lebanese minister says some Syrian refugees who have returned home from Lebanon have been killed, detained or forced to join the military, leading to a slowdown in the return of Syrians residing in Lebanon.

Caretaker Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Mouein al-Merehbi told The Associated Press Tuesday that so far about 12,000 Syrian refugees have returned home since June.

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Famous Radio One Host Gavin Ford Found Dead

Radio One Lebanon’s renowned host Gavin Ford was found dead Tuesday inside his apartment in Beit Mery.

Citing preliminary investigation revelations, LBCI television said the British radio host was “murdered.”

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Bassil Meets Berri, Says ‘Just' Solution Must Be Reached to Form Govt.

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Tuesday held government talks with Speaker Nabih Berri at Ain el-Tineh, and assured in statements after that a government can only be formed through “mutual acceptance” between political parties.

“A government can only be formed through mutual acceptance. It can not be formed through imposition or rejection,” Bassil told reporters after the meeting, noting he made “three suggestions” that could help ease the so-called Independent Sunni MPs representation hurdle.

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