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Deryan Meets Saudi Shura Delegation, Condemns Attacks at Kingdom

Grand Sunni Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan, welcomed at Dar el-Fatwa a delegation of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia headed by Saleh Bin Munea al-Khalewi, accompanied by KSA Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, in the presence of Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Friendship with Saudi Arabia, former PM Tammam Salam, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

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Hassan Denounces Decision of Hadath Mayor

Interior Minister Raya al-Hasan on Thursday denounced a decision reportedly taken by municipal chief of Hadath, George Aoun, banning Muslims from renting or purchasing real estate in the Christian majority area.

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Report: In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Face New Pressure to Go Home

Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots.

Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of war in neighboring Syria they have had enough of the burden of the highest concentration of refugees per capital in the world — 1 million amid a Lebanese population of nearly 5 million — especially at a time when they are facing austerity measures and a weakened economy.

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Israel Says US-Brokered Lebanese Maritime Talks to Launch in Weeks

The Israeli Energy Minister said that Israel expects to launch within a month the US-brokered talks with Lebanon on demarcation of their maritime border.

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Report: Lebanon Records Decline in Number of Syrian Refugees Willing to Go Home

The number of Syrian refugees wishing to go back to their homeland has reportedly dwindled lately for reasons attributed to the scholastic year, Hizbullah MP Nawar al-Sahli said on Thursday.

In remarks he made to al-Joumhouria daily, Saheli, a Hizbullah MP tasked with following on the file of refugees said: “The work has been ongoing for the last ten months and we have 11 regional offices around Lebanon that receive requests from refugees willing to go home. There is no doubt the number has greatly decreased as a result of the academic year.

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Arslan Supporters Block Key Road Protesting Release of Ain Dara Shooter

Supporters of the Lebanese Democratic Party blocked the Mdayrej international highway in the Bekaa on Wednesday evening in protest at the release of Suleiman Yammine, the shooter in the Ain Dara incident.

Three LDP supporters meanwhile remained in prison.

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Rampling Visits Tripoli: A Message of Solidarity after the Attack

Following the terrorist attack that hit Tripoli on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, a delegation of EU ambassadors with British Ambassador Chris Rampling on Wednesday paid condolences to the Mayor of Tripoli, Ahmed Qamareddine, and expressed their solidarity with Lebanon and its armed forces, who “work tirelessly to maintain security and protect civilians across Lebanon,” the British embassy said.

At the Rashid Karameh Exhibition Center, the Head of the EU delegation Ambassador Christina Lassen and German Ambassador Georg Birgelen, joined by Ambassador Rampling and other EU heads of mission, attended the inauguration of the EU and German-funded Local Development Program for Deprived Urban Areas in North Lebanon (UDP_NL).

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Aoun Meets Saudi Shura Council Delegation, Lauds Lifting of Travel Ban

President Miche Aoun on Wednesday met with a delegation from the Saudi Shura Council, at the Baabda Palace.

Hailing “the brotherly ties that link Lebanon to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Aoun especially lauded “the initiatives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, towards Lebanon and the Lebanese.”

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Berri: Cost of Deals Much Higher than Reforms'

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday lauded the work of the finance parliamentary committee regarding the draft 2019 state budget, stressing anew “the parliament's right to practice its role in this regard.”

“The cost of deals is much higher than that of reforms,” Berri told MPs during the weekly Ain el-Tineh meeting, warning that “we are on the same boat and everyone must commit to reform and to the agreed appointments mechanism.”

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Captagon Drug Baron Arrested in Coordination with KSA

The Internal Security Forces on Wednesday said they arrested a "prominent" drug trafficking baron suspected of smuggling large shipments of the amphetamine-like drug captagon to at least six countries.

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