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'You Stink' Campaigners Back to the Streets of Beirut

Anti-trash activists blocked on Tuesday several roads in Beirut to protest the authorities' failure to find a permanent solution to the waste crisis.

The demonstration was planned to coincide with a cabinet session which Prime Minister Tammam Salam adjourned to pave way for more consultations.

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Report: Aoun Rejects Offer Made by Moqbel on Roukoz

Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun has reportedly told Defense Minister Samir Moqbel that he would continue to abide by the law despite an offer to promote his son-in-law in the military institution.

Sources told An Nahar daily published on Tuesday that Moqbel suggested to Aoun that his son-in-law Commando Regiment chief Brig. Gen. Chamel Roukoz, whose tenure ends in October, be promoted.

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Salam Postpones Cabinet Session to Prevent its Possible Collapse

Prime Minister Tammam Salam postponed a cabinet session that was set to take place on Tuesday to pave way for more consultations and to avoid a further confrontation on its controversial decision-making mechanism.

A statement issued by the premiership said Salam set Thursday as a new date for the cabinet to convene.

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Lebanon on U.S. Watch List over Human Trafficking

The United States has said Lebanon falls in the category of countries which could exert more efforts to combat modern-day slavery, placing it on the “Tier 2 Watch List.”

“Lebanon is a source and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking and a transit point for Eastern European women and children subjected to sex trafficking in other Middle Eastern countries,” said an annual ranking compiled by the State Department and announced by Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.

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Hizbullah Appeases Salam after Trash Thrown Near his Residence

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has sent an envoy to inform Prime Minister Tammam Salam that the party is keen on the cabinet and to distance itself from recent riots caused by the waste crisis near his residence in Beirut, sources said Tuesday.

The ministerial sources told al-Mustaqbal daily that a Hizbullah minister visited Salam in Msaitbeh, carrying with him a “personal message” from Nasrallah in which he stressed “the party's keenness on the PM and his role.”

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Trash Collection Resumes in Beirut as Ministerial Panel Reaches 'Solution'

Trash collection resumed in Beirut on Monday evening after the waste management ministerial committee managed to agree on a preliminary solution to the garbage crisis.

The solution involves the “immediate resumption” of waste collection in Beirut, a “balanced distribution” of Beirut and Mount Lebanon's garbage to new locations and financial “incentives” to municipalities, Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq announced after an emergency meeting at the Grand Serail.

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Cars Go Up in Flames as Protesters Continue Burning Waste in Beirut

Two cars went ablaze Monday evening in the Beirut area of Karakol al-Druze and several citizens suffered suffocation after young men set fire to trash dumpsters to protest the accumulation of garbage on the streets, state-run National News Agency reported.

A vehicle from the Beirut Fire Brigade has since arrived at the scene to put out the flames, NNA said.

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Hollande Voices Support for Salam during Phone Talks

French President Francois Hollande has telephoned Prime Minister Tammam Salam and expressed to him France's support for Lebanon and its state institutions, state-run National News Agency said Monday.

The talks tackled the current cabinet crisis in Lebanon and its repercussions on the country, NNA said.

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Geagea Slams Govt. over Waste 'Scandal', Urges Election of President to End 'Marginalization'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea blasted the government on Monday over its failure to address the growing waste management crisis, describing the latest developments as a “major scandal.”

“What we're witnessing today regarding the issue of waste management is a major scandal that has dangerous repercussions on the environmental, health and social security of the Lebanese,” said Geagea at an LF ceremony in Maarab.

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Moqbel Meets Aoun, Says They Back Naming New Security Chiefs

Defense Minister Samir Moqbel held talks Monday with Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun in Rabieh.

“I came here today to explore General Aoun's demands and we held a thorough discussion on the current situations in the country,” said Moqbel after the meeting.

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