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Govt. Vows Crackdown on Smuggling into Syria

Lebanon on Thursday ordered the seizure of all contraband goods at its border with Syria after a controversy over fuel smuggling, as both countries face economic crises.

Lebanon is mired in its worst economic crunch in decades and public pressure has mounted for a tougher approach to smuggling, especially of fuel and flour.

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Central Bank Official Arrested in Currency Crisis Probe

Lebanese prosecutors on Thursday ordered the arrest of a senior central bank official as part of an investigation into exchange rate manipulations as the country struggles with a major currency crisis.

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Coronavirus Cases Rise to 886 amid Renewed Lockdown

After reversing an earlier decision easing confinement measures over a spike in coronavirus, eight new cases were recorded on Thursday including two Lebanese expats repatriated recently.

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Lebanon Observes Total Lockdown, Minister to ‘Assess’ Efficacy Sunday

The government’s reinstated nationwide lockdown began on Thursday following a spike in reported coronavirus cases in Lebanon, as the health minister said the efficiency of the measure will be accessed on Sunday when the four-day lockdown ends.

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Geagea: Defense Council Decision on Illegal Crossings Very Disappointing

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea described as “disappointing” the Higher Defense Council’s decision to “curb” smuggling through Lebanon’s illegal border crossings, saying they should have been ordered closed “entirely.”

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12 Officials Charged over Lebanon's Tainted Fuel

Mount Lebanon Prosecutor on Wednesday pressed charges against 12 people including government officials over a delivery of suspect fuel through an Algerian oil company, state media said. 

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Defense Council Decides to Up Border Monitoring to Curb Smuggling

The Higher Defense Council on Wednesday decided to "intensify monitoring and prosecution and toughen penalties against smugglers and their partners" in a bid to control illicit trafficking across the porous and poorely demarcated border with Syria.

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Wazni 'Relieved' over 'Constructive' Talks with IMF

The Lebanese government and the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday finished the first phase of “talks aimed at reaching an agreement that would re-put the Lebanese economy on the correct track,” the Finance Ministry said.

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ISG Urges Govt. to Engage Lebanese People in Financial Plan Consultations

The International Support Group of Lebanon on Wednesday called on the Lebanese government to “engage all relevant stakeholders, most importantly the Lebanese people, in consultations” on its financial rescue plan.

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Lebanon Doctors Urge Stricter Repatriation Measures, Reopening Delay

The Lebanese Order of Physicians and the deans of medical faculties on Wednesday called for stricter measures in the face of a new spike in the country's coronavirus cases.

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