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Khalil Slams Bassil over Reported Budget Warning

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Tuesday lashed out at "incitement," after media reports attributed a state budget-related warning to Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil.

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Sayyed to Khalil: Encroaching on Retired Servicemen Rights is Playing with Fire

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil "has not realized that encroaching on the rights of retired servicemen is playing with fire," MP Jamil al-Sayyed said on Tuesday.

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Fattoush Calls for Stripping Jumblat of His Civil Rights

Former minister Nicolas Fattoush has called for stripping ex-MP Walid Jumblat of his civil rights, accusing him of violating the constitution and committing "high treason."

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Govt. Holds Budget Session in Baabda, to Meet Wednesday at Grand Serail

Lebanon’s Cabinet convened Tuesday at the Presidential Palace in Baabda in a session dedicated to discuss the 2019 state budget draft, amid plans to implement strict austerity measures to reduce a ballooning budget deficit and massive national debt.

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Khalil 'Appeases' Retired Military: Your Rights Untouched

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Tuesday denied reports that the new state budget will target the military and security personnel.

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Bou Saab Visits Border Army Site in Show of Support

Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab on Tuesday made an inspection visit to an Army site on the northeastern border between Lebanon and Syria, throwing support behind the retired military’s refusals to cut their pays as part of austerity measures planned by the government.

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Retired Military Protest Possible Pay Cuts as Govt. Braces for Budget Session

Retired military and security personnel on Tuesday staged sit-ins around different regions in Lebanon protesting government's possible cut to their end-of-service benefits, as the government braces for a meeting to discuss “austere” budget measures to cut the state deficit.

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Macron 'Advises' Trump to Consider Sensitive Lebanese Situation

On the U.S. sanctions on Iran, the French President has reportedly “advised” his U.S. counterpart to take the situation in Lebanon into account when imposing sanctions on Iran (and it’s Lebanese ally Hizullah) warning it may have undesirable consequences, Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday.

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Report: Macron Prepares ‘Near’ Visit to Lebanon

Lebanon has been “officially” informed that French President Emmanuel Macron has included an official visit to Lebanon on his schedule at the invitation of President Michel Aoun, Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Monday.

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PSP Reassures on Mt. Lebanon Stability amid Tensions

The Progressive Socialist Party has stressed that stability and security in the Chouf and Aley regions remain a "red line" despite the rising political tensions between PSP chief Walid Jumblat and his rivals.

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