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Minister Says Metn Foul Odors Problem to End in 3 Days

Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati announced Monday that the problem of the foul odors emanating from the Bourj Hammoud garbage landfill will end in three days.

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Hariri Meets Sisi, Says Held Positive Talks with Europeans

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of an Arab-European summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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Britain to Ban Hizbullah under Anti-Terror Laws

Britain on Monday said it will ban the political wing of Hizbullah, making membership of the movement or inviting support for it a crime.

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Berri Calls for Electing Supreme Council to Try Presidents, Ministers

Speaker Nabih Berri reportedly has called for a parliament session to elect seven lawmakers for the Higher Council whose function is to try presidents and ministers, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday

The judicial authority will then elect its eight members, totaling the number of the Higher Council to fifteen members, added the daily.

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LF to Submit 'Proposal' to Cabinet on Refugees’ Return

Lebanese Forces Minister of Social Affairs Richard Kouyoumjian on Monday said that although his party insists that Syrian refugees must return to their homeland as soon as possible, but it refuses any attempts aiming to invest this file in normalizing relations with Syria.

“The position of the Lebanese Forces is clear regarding the return of Syrian refugees, but unfortunately this file was used to falsely portray the LF as if it is against it, while we are preparing a proposal for their return," he told Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5).

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Mogherini to Visit Beirut Today

‎High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini is expected to arrive in Beirut on Monday to discuss “pressing issues” with senior officials including the Syrian refugees file, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Hariri Meets May, World Leaders at Egypt Arab-European Summit

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Sunday with a number of world leaders after arriving in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh to take part in the first Arab-European Summit.

Hariri is accompanied by the ministers Jebran Bassil, Ali Hassan Khalil and Wael Abu Faour and ex-minister Ghattas Khoury.

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Geagea: Who Convinced Aoun Normalization Will Return Refugees?

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea wondered about the identity of “the political party that was behind convincing President Michel Aoun” that normalizing ties with Syria would facilitate the return of refugees to their country.

The objective is “re-floating Bashar al-Assad's regime, which does not seem to have the intention to return them at a time Syria is witnessing a demographic change,” Geagea said in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

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Lebanese Demand Civil Marriage on Home Soil

Dozens of protesters have rallied in Beirut, calling on the government to recognize civil marriages carried out on home soil.

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Hariri and Miqati to Cooperate in Tripoli to Guarantee Electoral Win

Prime Minister Saad Hariri and ex-PM and influential Tripoli MP Najib Miqati are likely to strike an alliance in order to secure the win of Dima Jamali in the northern city's parliamentary by-election after her seat was revoked by the Constitutional Council.

As per the new electoral law, the vote will be held under the winner-takes-all system and not proportional representation since competition is only over one seat. Also according to the new system, the polls will also held in Tripoli alone and not in the bigger Tripoli-Dinniyeh-Minieh district as happened in the 2018 elections.

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