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STL Registrar Ends Working Visit to Lebanon

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Registrar Daryl Mundis has met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on a working visit to Beirut this week, the STL said on Friday.

He also met with the Prosecutor General Samir Hammoud and members of the diplomatic community.

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Lebanon's New Cabinet: Up to the Challenge?

Lebanon's new cabinet includes three posts for Hizbullah, an Iran-backed group subject to U.S. sanctions.

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Qassem Says Hizbullah Won't Bow to U.S. Pressure, Urges Active Govt.

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem announced Friday that his party will not bow to the growing U.S. pressure.

“Hizbullah will not bow to pressures or sanctions. These sanctions will not affect the party's stances but will rather make them firmer,” Qassem said.

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U.S. Warns Hizbullah Not to Funnel Ministry's Money

A senior U.S. official has warned Lebanon's Hezbollah against exploiting the position of the Health Ministry to funnel funds to institutions affiliated with the Shiite militant group.

The remarks by Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury's assistant secretary on terror financing, came as Lebanese political factions agreed on Thursday to form a new government.

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Hariri Says He is 'Proud 'of New Female Ministers

One day after resolving the government formation gridlock, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he was proud of the women ministers that were named to allocate four ministries in the new government.

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Mrad: I’ll Back My Group and Partake in Strong Lebanon Bloc Meetings

Newly named State Minister for Foreign Trade Affairs Hassan Mrad of the Consultative Gathering, assured on Friday that he is going to vote in accordance with the group in the government despite being appointed as part of the Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc.

"I am going to represent the Gathering in the new government and will vote in its favor, but i will also participate in the meetings of the Strong Lebanon bloc,” he told LBCI.

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Lebanon Appoints Four Women Ministers, Khairallah Changes Ministry Name

In an unprecedented move in Lebanon’s history, the newly formed 30-minister government that saw the light after nine months of delay includes four women ministers, including at the head of the interior and energy ministries.

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France Welcomes Formation of Lebanon Govt.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the formation of Lebanon’s new government and affirmed commitment to Lebanon’s sovereignty and stability, a statement from the Elysee Palace said on Friday.

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Report: Lebanon Forms Govt. amid U.S. Concerns with Hizbullah’s Ministry Pick

Lebanon’s newly formed government is going to be placed under “daily international observation,” amid “U.S. concerns” of the allocation of ministerial portfolios for Hizbullah which the U.S. regards as “terrorist organization,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

The United States was “concerned” that Hizbullah, which Washington regards as a "terrorist organization," would take over ministerial portfolios in the new Lebanese government, especially the Health Ministry, the daily quoted a U.S. State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Bassil Says His Bloc Got 'More than It Wanted' in New Govt.

The Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc has been allocated “11 ministers” in the new government and this is “more than it was asking for,” FPM chief MP Jebran Bassil said on Thursday.

The eleventh minister referred to by Bassil is Hassan Mrad, who was nominated by the Consultative Gathering – a grouping of six Hizbullah-backed Sunni MPs.

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