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Hariri Says His Jurisdiction 'Clear', Defends Draft Line-Up as 'Convincing'

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Tuesday defended the draft Cabinet line-up he presented Monday to President Michel Aoun as “convincing,” while stressing that his jurisdiction as PM-designate is “clear.”

Reiterating that the format entails “no victors or losers,” Hariri called for “looking at the full half of the cup.”

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Aoun's Bloc Slams Hariri Line-Up, Bid to 'Encroach' on President Powers

The Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc on Tuesday criticized a draft Cabinet line-up presented by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Monday, warning of a perceived attempt to "encroach" on President Michel Aoun's powers and "bypass the results of the parliamentary elections."

“We reject the monopolization of confessional representation and we see an attempt to bypass and disrespect the results of the parliamentary elections,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the bloc's weekly meeting.

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Adwan Warns Aoun, Says LF Again Wants 5 Seats, Sovereign Portfolio

Lebanese Forces deputy chief MP George Adwan lashed out Tuesday at the apparent rejection of the Cabinet line-up that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri presented to President Michel Aoun on Monday, announcing that the LF will again insist on five ministerial seats including a so-called sovereign portfolio.

“The LF made utmost concessions over its rights, which made some think that there is a 'bazar'. After what happened, we will once again demand five ministerial seats including a sovereign portfolio,” Adwan told MTV.

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Hariri, Hajj Hassan Agree on Emergency Authority to Tackle Polluted Litani River

Caretaker Minister of Industry Hussein Hajj Hassan held a meeting with the committee tasked with following up on the treatment of pollution of Lebanon’s southern Litani River, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

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Military Court Adjourns Interrogation of Suzanne al-Hajj

The Military Court on Tuesday adjourned the interrogation session of Lt. Col. Suzanne al-Hajj to November 25.

Tuesday's session was aimed at questioning al-Hajj over a lawsuit accusing her of fabricating a spying for Israel case for the actor Ziad Itani.

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Report: Hariri’s New Govt. Formula Considered a ‘Failure’

A government formula proposed by PM-designate Saad Hariri to President Michel Aoun on Monday has failed to accomplish the needed results and was reportedly pronounced “stillborn”, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Hundreds of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Return Home

Hundreds of Syrian refugees returned to their homeland early on Tuesday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor, the National News Agency reported.

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Palestinians in Lebanon Fear Aid Cuts Will Slash School Access

It's back to school for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, but funding cuts to the UN agency supporting them means students may only be in class until the end of month.

One by one, students in the dilapidated UN-run Haifa school in a suburb of the Lebanese capital stand up to receive their textbooks for the fresh academic year.

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Hariri Hands Aoun Format of 'No Victors, No Losers' Govt.

PM-designate Saad Hariri announced Monday that he presented to President Michel Aoun a format for "a national unity government" that does not entail a "victory" for a political camp over another.

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Bassil Meets Syrian Ambassador, Discuss UNRWA File

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil has met on Monday with Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul Karim Ali, the State-run National News Agency reported.

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