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HRW Urges Release Of Young Man Who Criticized Lebanon Officials

A rights group on Monday slammed Lebanese authorities for detaining and charging a man over a Facebook post critical of public officials including President Michel Aoun.

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Arab FMs 'Unanimously' Approve Solidarity with Lebanon Clause

Arab foreign ministers meeting in Jordan on Monday “unanimously” approved a clause about “solidarity with Lebanon” that is expected to be included in the draft closing statement of the upcoming Arab Summit.

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Hariri Chairs Budget Session, Urges Int'l Community to Back Lebanon Economy

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday chaired at the Grand Serail a Cabinet meeting focused on the draft state budget.

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Aoun Appoints Bou Saab as International Cooperation Adviser

President Michel Aoun on Monday appointed former education minister Elias Bou Saab as international cooperation adviser, the Presidency said in a statement.

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Geagea Says Aoun and Hariri to Protect Gulf Ties, Rejects Proportional Representation

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed Monday that President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri will do everything needed to prevent any deviation from the Arab and Gulf stances at the upcoming Arab Summit in Jordan.

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Report: Hizbullah Commanders, Fighters Killed in Syria

Syrian opposition factions destroyed a Hizbullah military position and killed a number of its commanders and fighters in the town of Qamhana in central Syria's Hama district on Sunday, Sky News Arabia reported Monday.

According to field sources, the opposition fighters targeted the position with guided missiles, which led to the destruction and the killing of all Hizbullah fighters inside, asserting that among them were field commanders, according to Sky News.

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Judge Sets Date for Trials in Tripoli Mosques Bombings

Head of the Higher Judicial Council Judge Jean Fahd set a May 12, 2017, date to begin trials in the 2013 double bombings of al-Salam and al-Taqwa mosques in the northern city of Tripoli, the State-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

On August 23, 2013, two car bombs exploded outside the al-Taqwa and al-Salam mosques in Tripoli, leaving 45 people dead and more than 800 injured.

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Jumblat: Save Lebanon's Electricity Sector from Corruption

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat voiced calls on Monday to save Lebanon's notoriously ineffective and costly electricity sector from plagued “corruption” and described the persisting power crisis as the result of failed political polices a “crime.”

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Report: Lebanon's Electricity File on Front Burner

The cabinet will convene on Monday to address Lebanon's 2017 draft budget plan, amid reports that it will also dwell on the electricity file following a new project presented by Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported.

The project under the title “Power Saving Plan” does not take into consideration an earlier request of the Lebanese Forces party to privatize the sector, “but bears a resemblance to a former plan put by Abi Khalil's predecessor (Jebran Bassil) that decided to hire two Turkish power generating vessels under the pretext of overcoming part of the shortage,” said the daily.

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Aoun Travels to Amman Tuesday for Arab Summit

President Michel Aoun will head a delegation to Jordan on Tuesday to partake in the 28th Arab League summit which will be held in Amman, and to hold talks with several Arab leaders, media reports said on Monday.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will accompany Aoun and so will Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and Minister of Economy and Trade Raed Khoury.

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