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Berri Says Government Has No Choice Other Than to Work

After a heated debate in the Cabinet earlier this week that disrupted hopes for harmony among its components, Speaker Nabih Berri on Saturday said the government has no choice but to work hard in order to resolve a number of pressing issues, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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FPM, LF in War of Words over Syrian Refugees

A war of words erupted Friday between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces over the thorny issue of the presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

“From the position of keenness on the FPM-LF reconciliation and on improving the agreement between us, we will not engage in debates and we do not find a need to remind the Lebanese of the FPM's advanced stances that reached the extent of being accused of xenophobia over the issue of the refugees, amid the negligence of others,” the FPM central media committee said in a statement.

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Bodyguard of Mt. Lebanon Prosecutor Held over Bribery Suspicions

The bodyguard of Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun was detained on Friday on charges of involvement in bribery-related offenses, the National News Agency said.

“Based on the confessions of some civilians and security personnel, it turned out that Judge Aoun's bodyguard, State Security Sergeant H.Kh., is among those involved in acts of receiving bribes, so he was summoned for interrogation before the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch after informing Judge Aoun of the issue,” NNA said.

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Aoun Signs Decree for Extraordinary Legislative Session

President Michel Aoun on Friday signed a decree calling on parliament to convene an extraordinary legislative session from February 22 until March 18, 2019.

According to the decree, the session's agenda will include draft laws already referred to the legislature and drafts that could be referred during this period in addition to any draft laws, proposals or texts that the Parliament Bureau could decide to refer to the body.

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Rahi Applauds Aoun’s Syria Position at Cabinet

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stressed on Friday that President Michel Aoun is the “guardian of the Constitution,” and described his stances during a heated Cabinet meeting on Thursday as “honorable.”

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Zoaiter Says 'Missing' Swiss Arms Imported for His Guards

After Switzerland’s announcement it is freezing arms exports to Lebanon over missing weapons it sold to a Lebanese minister, former Public Works Minister Ghazi Zoaiter said on Friday the arms are “at his possession and all that Switzerland needs to do is communicate with him.”

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Assailant Throws Hand Grenades in Tripoli

An unknown assailant hurled two grenades at dawn at two private power generators in the northern Tripoli neighborhood of al-Qobbeh, the National News Agency reported Friday.

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Switzerland Freezes Arms Exports to Lebanon

Switzerland has decided to halt arms exports to Lebanon due to “inability to account for a Swiss shipment of weapons to Lebanon,” Swiss authorities have said on Thursday.

Head of the Swiss Economics Ministry said Switzerland has exported 10 assault rifles and 30 sub-machine guns to Lebanon in 2016, but post-shipment verification in March 2018 was only able to verify nine.

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Jumblat Slams 'Campaign to Stir Tensions' with Hariri, Meets Him after Rift

Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat held talks Thursday evening at the Center House, after the latest war of words between them was contained.

“We will discuss topics that we disagree on and others that we agree on,” said Jumblat upon his arrival at the Center House.

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Mustaqbal Slams 'Treachery' against Hariri after Jamali's Seat Revoked

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Thursday decried “political treachery” against it and against Prime Minister Saad Hariri, after the Constitutional Council invalidated Dima Jamali's membership of parliament.

In a statement issued after an emergency meeting, the bloc regretted the Council's ruling but announced that it will deal with it “according to the applicable legal and constitutional framework.”

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