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U.S. to Release Hizbullah Financier

The United States will release convicted Hizbullah financier Kassim Tajideen three years into his five-year sentence due to his poor health and risks of COVID-19 infection from prison, according to court documents.

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Aoun Holds Talks with Diab in Baabda

President Michel Aoun held talks Saturday with Prime Minister Hassan Diab at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported.

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Bassil: FPM Endures Political Assassination, Govt. Survives Toppling Bid

Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Jebran Bassil on Saturday said Lebanon survived an attempt to topple its government, and pointed to what he said were “mass political assassination” bids against his party.

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Report: Ruling Authority Receives New International ‘Criticism’ v

The ruling authority in Lebanon reportedly received new “strongly worded” international “criticism” which was reflected in unfavorable negative signals from the international financial institutions towards Lebanon, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Jumblat Opposes Nasrallah on Iran Cooperation, Slams Federalism Calls

Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat on Friday said he opposes Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s call for economic cooperation with Iran.

“The Iranian economic model is not convincing,” Jumblat said.

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Zakka Says Tajeddine to be Released Soon

Lebanese national Qassem Tajeddine, who is held in the U.S. on charges of financing Hizbullah, will be released soon, Nizar Zakka said on Friday.

In remarks to LBCI TV, Zakka said he had called Tajeddine’s family weeks ago to inform him that the man will be released as part of a swap deal.

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Top DR Congo Court Intervenes in Graft Case Involving Lebanese Mogul

DR Congo's top court has intervened in an unprecedented corruption case involving a key ally of the president, less than a day before a lower court was due to issue a verdict, legal sources said Friday.

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Cyprus Allows Entry to Arrivals from Lebanon, Italy, Spain

Cyprus further eased its coronavirus entry restrictions Friday, adding hard-hit EU partners Italy and Spain, and nearby Lebanon, to a list of countries allowed entry, but holding back on its two biggest markets.

Flights will now be allowed from over 30 countries across two categories, up from 19 when a commercial passenger flight ban ended earlier this month.

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Lebanon Records 15 New COVID-19 Cases

Lebanon on Friday confirmed 15 more COVID-19 cases, raising the overall tally to 1,510.

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Diab Holds Talks with Berri in Ain el-Tineh

Prime Minister Hassan Diab held talks Friday with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the latter’s residence in Ain el-Tineh.

LBCI television said the meeting was “part of consultations between the legislative and executive authorities.”

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