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Report: Aoun-Hariri Ties ‘Intact’, President 'Weighing Options' if Formation Delay Persists

Relations between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri are “not broken” because of conflict over the Cabinet formation, and the two men are holding contacts on a daily basis away from media spotlight, al-Akhbar daily reported on Saturday.

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Report: Swiss President Expected to Visit Beirut

Swiss President Alain Berset is expected to arrive on an official visit in Beirut during the weekend, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Washington Criticizes Nasrallah Meeting with Huthis

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized a meeting held between Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and a delegation from Yemen's Houthi rebels on August 19.

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Aoun Affirms Commitment to Dissociation Policy

President Michel Aoun received on Friday a delegation of Lebanese nationals living in Gulf countries, the National News Agency reported.

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Sunni Opposition Reiterates ‘Representation Right’, Rejects ‘Infringement’ on Hariri’s Powers

Sunni lawmakers not affiliated with al-Mustaqbal Movement voiced calls on Friday for their representation in the new Cabinet, nevertheless rejecting infringement on the powers of the Prime Minister.

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Amid Strained Ties, Aoun Receives Invitation to Commemoration of ‘Lebanese Forces Martyrs’

President Michel Aoun received caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi, of the Lebanese Forces, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Lebanese Economy Hammered by Political Crisis, Debt

Ahmad Harb opened his perfume shop on the main street of Beirut's commercial Hamra district 35 years ago, and his business has weathered security and political crises in this volatile country, including a civil war.

He says this year has been the worst he's seen: sales dropped by 90 percent and after the landlord raised the rent, he was finally forced to close the shop and move to a smaller, less expensive location nearby.

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Ibrahim: General Security Goal to Shift to Online Operating System

General Security Directorate chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim stressed to al-Akhbar daily in an interview on Friday that the goal of the directorate “during the next five years” is to shift to an online operating system.

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Bassil, FPM Hit Back at Geagea over 'President Share' Remarks

The Free Patriotic Movement and its chief Jebran Bassil snapped back Thursday at Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea over remarks he made about President Michel Aoun's share of seats in the new government.

“Personal and collective political suicide is when a person harms himself, his brother and his community for the sake of political ministerial gains and a transient political moment,” Bassil tweeted.

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Aoun Affirms to U.S. Official Keenness on Defense Strategy Talks

President Michel Aoun on Thursday told a visiting U.S. official that he is determined to call for national dialogue over a national defense strategy for the country.

Thanking the U.S. for the assistance it is offering to the Lebanese Army, Aoun reiterated his announcement that he is “determined to call for national dialogue over a defense strategy after the formation of the new government.”

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