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Report: US Delegation in Beirut Next Week to Discuss Syria, Border Demarcation

A delegation of US congressmen and former US diplomats will arrive in Beirut early next week for talks with senior officials and to discuss the latest developments in Syria and the demarcation of Lebanon’s border with Israel, al-Joumhouria daily reported Saturday.

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Jumblat Hits Out at Trump and 'Trump-Like' Lebanese Leaders

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Friday criticized the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, amid an escalating standoff between Washington and Tehran.

“Where to? Yes, where to? Today more than ever I'm thinking of this question: to where is the world being dragged by America's ruler and to where are we being dragged by those who are like him in Lebanon?” Jumblat asked in a tweet.

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Israel Mobilizes Troops to Monitor Lebanese Army Works in Naqoura

Israel has mobilized its troops to monitor the construction works carried out by the Lebanese army to build a military control tower in Ras al-Naqoura, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

NNA said Israel has mobilized troops, military vehicles on land and sea in the Ras Naqoura village, at the border between Lebanon and Israel to monitor the army’s works.

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Retired Military End 3-Day Strike Until Further Notice

A grouping of retired military servicemen suspended their strike on Friday after three days of protests outside the Imports building of the Finance Ministry over proposed salary cuts in the 2019 draft state budget.

A spokesman for the protesters said the campaigners have ended their strike awaiting the outcome of the Finance and Budget parliamentary Committee.

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Report: Lebanon-Syria Border Control 'Impossible' Impacting Economy, Security

Lebanon says that complete border control between Lebanon and Syria is very difficult because of intertwined boundaries that also extend along a large distance of about 360 km which negatively affects the security and economy of the country, Asharq al-Awsat reported on Friday.

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Syria Releases Lebanese Security Agents

Syria has released on Friday the two Lebanese security agents who crossed by mistake into the neighboring country, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Defiant Couple Hold Civil Marriage in Lebanon despite Controversy

A Lebanese couple have held a civil marriage ceremony in Beirut, despite the latest controversy over the legalization of this type of unions.

MTV said Abdullah Salam and Marie-Joe Abi Nassif tied the knot at the Sursock Palace in the capital, in a ceremony presided over by Joseph Beshara, the head of the Public Notaries Council of Lebanon.

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Aoun Receives Message from Geagea

President Michel Aoun on Thursday received a message from Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, the Presidency said.

The message, relayed by ex-minister Melhem Riachi, tackled the current political developments, the Presidency announced.

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Hariri Travels to Abu Dhabi on Official Visit

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE on an official visit, his office said.

The premier will meet a number of Emirati officials during his visit, the office added in a statement.

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Deryan Meets Saudi Shura Delegation, Condemns Attacks at Kingdom

Grand Sunni Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan, welcomed at Dar el-Fatwa a delegation of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia headed by Saleh Bin Munea al-Khalewi, accompanied by KSA Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, in the presence of Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Friendship with Saudi Arabia, former PM Tammam Salam, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

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