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Berri: Civil Marriage Not on the Table, Can't be Tolerated

The issue of legalizing optional civil marriage in Lebanon is “not on the table and no one tolerates it,” Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Tuesday.

“Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan did not say anything wrong. She only said that she would hold consultations over the issue,” Berri added, responding to a question during a meeting with a delegation from the Press Syndicate.

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Richard Relays to Hariri Concern over Hizbullah's 'Growing Role'

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard held talks Tuesday with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and relayed to him U.S. concern over Hizbullah's “growing role in the Cabinet.”

“I am just really delighted to be here back at the Serail to greet the Prime Minister and congratulate him on the new government. It has been a long time coming and we are just thrilled that there is finally a government,” Richard said after the meeting.

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Gharib Meets Aoun, Calls for Distancing Refugee File from Conflicts

President Michel Aoun received on Tuesday Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Saleh Al-Gharib where talks focused on the file of displaced people, the National News Agency reported.

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Hariri: Let’s Not do Injustice to Some While Fighting Corruption

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that diligent employees in the state’s institutions must not be done injustice during the process of eradicating corruption.

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Khalil: Budget Process on Front Burner Without New Taxes

Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil affirmed on Tuesday that he will make intensive contacts with Lebanon’s political forces to finalize the budget process which does not include any new taxes or fees, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Report: Gharib’s Visit to Syria Stirring ‘Disapproval’

The controversial visit of Lebanon’s State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib to Syria to discuss the refugees file received no applause from Lebanese officials, media reports said on Tuesday.

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PSP Defends Civil Marriage as Jumblat Says 'Stop Using Religion to Divide'

The Progressive Socialist Party on Monday threw its support behind calls for legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon.

“The Progressive Youth Organization regrets that so far there is no national consensus on devising a clear mechanism and measures for holding and registering civil marriages in Lebanon,” the PYO -- the PSP's youth organization -- said in a statement.

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Lassen, al-Hassan Discuss Women's Rights, Freedom of Expression

EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen met Moday with Minister of Interior and Municipalities Raya al-Hassan and “congratulated her on her new post, being the first woman to head a Ministry of Interior in the region,” the EU Delegation said.

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Dar al-Fatwa Comments on Civil Marriage Controversy

Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim religious authority, on Monday waded into the renewed debate in the country over the thorny issue of legalizing civil marriage.

The heated discussion was revived by remarks by newly-appointed Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan, who is Lebanon's and the Arab world's first female interior minister.

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Expanded Meeting at Grand Serail Launches ‘First Step’ of CEDRE Projects

Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired an expanded meeting at the Grand Serail in a first practical step towards launching the CEDRE Conference projects.

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