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Small Protest outside French Embassy in Beirut

Less than 50 protesters on Sunday marched to the French Embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut to denounce the anti-Mohammed cartoons and the stance of the French state.

The demonstrators raised banners that read: "Anything but Prophet Mohammed".

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Fahmi Orders Nationwide Nighttime Curfew, Locks Down 115 Towns

Caretaker Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi on Sunday issued a memo ordering a nationwide nighttime curfew and the lockdown of 115 towns across Lebanon in the face of soaring coronavirus cases.

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Absi Says Won't Accept Govt. in Which Catholics Not 'Properly Represented'

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Youssef Absi on Sunday deplored “the renewed talk about a minimized government in which the Melkite Greek Catholic sect would be represented by one minister.”

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Arslan's Party Warns Hariri against 'Tampering with Druze Representation'

The Lebanese Democratic Party led by MP Talal Arslan on Sunday warned that “what the PM-designate is proposing is a dangerous game” and that “tampering with Druze representation is rejected.”

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Al-Rahi Calls on All Parties to Stop Pressuring PM-Designate

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday called on all parties to “stop their pressures on the PM-designate” to allow him to quickly form a new government.

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Center House, Ain el-Tineh Optimistic on Govt. despite Emergent Hurdles

Despite the hurdles that emerged over the past few days in the cabinet formation process, Center House and Ain el-Tineh sources have expressed optimism that the new government might be formed within a few days.

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Rahi: Authority in Lebanon Murdered its People

In his fiercest verbal attack at officials, Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi snapped at them on Saturday urging them to “step down,” saying Lebanon's “political authority has murdered its people.”

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Report: Hariri Could Present Govt Format Saturday or Sunday

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is likely to visit Baabda presidential palace “either Saturday or Sunday” to hand the President a draft of the cabinet line-up, al-Anbaa daily reported.

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Report: Druze Share in New Govt Emerges as Possible 'Obstacle'

The political efforts to form a new government are ongoing in Lebanon, amid alleged obstacles arising related to the ministerial representation of the Druze community, the Saudi Asharq el-Awsat reported on Saturday.

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Nasrallah Vows to Facilitate Govt. Formation, Criticizes France over Cartoons

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday said his group will facilitate the government formation process as much as possible, as he criticized France over its stance on the Prophet Mohammed cartoons.

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