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Abou Faour Says Industry ‘Devastated,' ALI Declares State of ‘Industrial Emergency’

The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) declared on Wednesday a “state of industrial emergency,” while Industry Minister Wael Abou Faour said the sector is “stricken with a catastrophe.”

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Berri Says Pompeo’s Visit ‘Not Beneficial’ for Lebanon

Following the two-day visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Lebanon, Speaker Nabih Berri said the visit was “non beneficial” for Lebanon and described the US positions as “consistent” with Israel, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

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Desperate and Hiding, Collapsed Saudi Oger Workers Left in Limbo

Nearly two years after the collapse of the construction giant Saudi Oger rendered thousands jobless, Lebanese worker Mohammed remains stranded in limbo in Riyadh -- and desperate to avoid arrest.

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Lebanon, Russia, Syria Reportedly Launch Plan on Refugees after Aoun-Putin Talks

President Michel Aoun agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials to “activate tripartite Lebanese-Russian-Syrian action to secure the return of Syrian refugees” to their country, Lebanese TV networks reported on Tuesday.

“Moscow is seeing the success of its initiative on the return of refugees, seeing as most areas in Syria have become capable of receiving them,” OTV, which is affiliated with Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, reported.

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Mustaqbal Says Pompeo's Visit Carried 'Double Message'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Lebanon carried a “double message,” al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc said on Tuesday.

The first message was about “the growing U.S. pressure on Iran” and the second was about “the United States' intention to maintain its support for Lebanese state institutions, topped by the army and the Internal Security Forces,” the bloc said in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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Nasrallah Says Pompeo Visit Aimed at 'Inciting Lebanese against Each Other'

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday dissected the statement that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recited during his visit to Lebanon, saying the U.S. official's main objective was to “incite the Lebanese against each other.”

“There is no problem in any additional sanctions,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech dedicated to commenting to Pompeo's visit and U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of the Golan Heights as being part of Israel.

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Aoun Meets Putin, Thanks Him for 'Defending Christians'

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday held talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during which he thanked him for “defending” the Christians of the Middle East.

“We thank you for your stances that defend the Christian minorities in the Levant and we hope you will continue this help,” Aoun told Putin during the Kremlin meeting.

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Kanaan: More than 400 Illegal State Hires at Hospitals

Head of the Finance and Budget parliamentary committee, MP Ibrahim Kanaan on Tuesday followed up on the file of illegal employment in state departments and institutions.

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Berri Postpones Q&A Session

Speaker Nabih Berri has postponed on Tuesday the parliament Q&A session until Friday March 29 at 3:00 p.m.

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Aoun Meets State Duma Chairman, Head of Rosneft Oil Company in Moscow

On his second day in Moscow, President Michel Aoun held talks with Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin where talks highlighted several issues and focused on the Syrian refugee crisis.

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