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Trump Signs New Hizbullah Sanctions Bill in Anti-Iran Push

President Donald Trump has signed legislation imposing new sanctions against Hizbullah, the Iran-backed terrorist group behind the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings.

Speaking Thursday at a White House event marking the 35th anniversary of the attack that killed 241 Marines, Trump said, "No terrorist group other than al-Qaida has more American blood on its hands."

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Miyeh Miyeh Clashes Subside after Two Wounded

Heavy clashes erupted Thursday at the Miyeh Miyeh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon between the mainstream Fatah Movement and the Hizbullah-backed Islamist faction Ansarullah.

The sounds of shelling and gunfire were being heard across the city of Sidon, the National News Agency said.

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Strong Thunderstorm Wreaks Havoc across Lebanon

A powerful thunderstorm carrying hail and strong winds wreaked havoc on Thursday across Lebanon.

The storm, which is expected to subside Friday afternoon, damaged cars, shops and apartments in the capital and its suburbs.

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LF Representation 'Obstacle' Lingers, Adwan Says ‘No Govt. without Us’

In light of persisting delay in the government formation, Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan stressed on Thursday that no government is going to be formed without the Lebanese Forces, amid “complaints that the party has been given more than it deserves.”

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Bassil Departs for Warsaw on Official Visit

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil departed on Thursday leading an official delegation to Warsaw on an official visit, the State-run National News Agency said.

During his visit, Bassil will meet his Polish counterpart, state ministers for presidential affairs, economic development, agriculture and rural development, refugees and humanitarian affairs, and the president of the Senate, NNA said.

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Judge Abu Ghaida Resigns

First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida has announced his resignation from the judiciary to run for the membership of the Constitutional Council, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: Meetings Related to Lebanese Situation Held in Saudi Arabia

Discussions about the “situation” in Lebanon will reportedly be held in Saudi Arabia in the “next hours” in parallel with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s presence in the Kingdom, al-Joumhouria daily said on Thursday.

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Army Redeploys around Miyeh Miyeh Camp

Lebanese Army units on Wednesday redeployed around the Miyeh Miyeh Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon, the military said.

The move is aimed at “bringing the security situation under control,” the army added in a statement.

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Hariri 'Not Kidnapped' in KSA, Says MBS Humorously

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday commented sarcastically on reports suggesting that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri had been held against his will in Saudi Arabia last year.

“PM-designate Hariri will stay in Saudi Arabia for two days, so I hope there won't be rumors that he's kidnapped,” MBS quipped in remarks to an investment conference in Riyadh, flanked by Hariri and Bahrain's crown prince.

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Berri: No Problem on Policy Statement after Govt. Formation

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday reiterated that “the formation of a government has become more than a necessity,” warning over the economic situation in the country.

“There won't be a problem over the ministerial policy statement after the formation of the government, because its main lines will be based on the statement of the current government,” Berri told lawmakers during the weekly Ain el-Tineh meeting.

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