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Berri Says Kubis’ Remarks Constitute 'Interference' in Lebanon Affairs

Speaker Nabih Berri considered the latest tweets of the top UN official in Lebanon as an “interference in Lebanon’s internal affairs,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Reporter Hurt as Protesters Briefly Clash with Security Forces in Hamra

A brief confrontation erupted Friday evening between anti-government protesters and security forces on Beirut’s Hamra Street.

The skirmishes started after some protesters hurled bottles, stones and firecrackers at security forces outside the central bank, which prompted riot police to chase them to the end of Hamra Street.

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Al-Rahi Slams Those Impeding Govt. Formation as 'Lebanon Enemies'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Friday blasted those obstructing the government’s formation as “Lebanon’s enemies.”

“The government was not formed this week because, as everyone knows, the obstructors have returned to the approach of splitting shares, which means a return to the previous situation,” al-Rahi said.

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U.S. 'Very Pleased' with British Blacklisting of Hizbullah

Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, said Friday that the United States was "very pleased" with the UK’s decision to add the entire Hizbullah group to its list of terrorist organizations subject to asset freezing, adding that Washington had long been seeking such a move from European allies.

"We would like to congratulate the United Kingdom," he told reporters in Washington. "There is no distinction between Hizbullah's political arm and its military arm," Hook added.

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Protesters Brave Rain to Rally in Beirut, Tripoli, Tyre

Anti-government protesters on Friday braved rain and a stormy weather to stage fresh demos against the ruling class and the banking policies.

The protesters rallied near parliament in downtown Beirut, outside the central bank in Hamra, on the capital’s Ring highway, in the northern city of Tripoli and in the southern city of Tyre.

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Hizbullah Warns of 'Chaos' if Government Delayed

A senior Hizbullah official warned Friday that Lebanon could fall into chaos and "complete collapse" unless a new government is formed.

Sheikh Ali Daamoush's comments came amid more bickering between politicians on the formation of a new Cabinet amid a crippling financial crisis and ongoing mass protests against the country's ruling elite.

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Al-Hassan Calls for Continuing ISF Probe in Protest Violence

Caretaker Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan on Friday asked Internal Security Forces Inspector General Col. Fadi Saliba to “continue the investigations that the ISF Directorate General is conducting into the incidents of the past 48 hours.”

Al-Hassan stressed that injured protesters can submit complaints with the ISF’s inspection department.

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Reports: Hizbullah Seeks to Resolve Govt. Hurdles amid Calls for Enlarging It

Hizbullah is exerting strenuous efforts to facilitate the formation of the new government and it might propose giving the industry portfolio to the Druze community in return for the social affairs portfolio in a bid to resolve this obstacle, MTV reported on Friday.

“Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab is meanwhile still insisting on keeping the number of ministers at 18,” MTV added.

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Ghosn Lawyers Rebut New Nissan Claims against Fugitive Exec

The legal team of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn issued a statement Friday refuting the latest allegations by the Japanese automaker against the fugitive businessman.

Nissan Motor Co. on Thursday filed a new set of allegations to the Tokyo Stock Exchange against Ghosn, who skipped bail and fled to Lebanon, saying he could not get a fair trial in Japan.

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UK Adds Hizbullah in Its Entirety to 'Terror' Blacklist

Britain's finance ministry on Friday said it had added Hizbullah in its entirety to its list of "terrorist" groups subject to asset freezing.

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