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1,751 Virus Cases as Panel Recommends Stricter Measures in Lebanon

Lebanon recorded 1,751 new coronavirus cases and 15 deaths in 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

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U.S. Calls Bid to Stop Extradition of 2 in Ghosn's Case 'Meritless'

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers urged a judge Friday to deny a bid to block the extradition of two American men wanted in Japan for helping former Nissan Motor Co. boss Carlos Ghosn sneak out of the country in a box.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink described Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor's "eleventh-hour bid to thwart their extradition" as "meritless," and asked the judge to allow the father and son to be handed over to Japan. The U.S. Department of State has agreed to extradite them, but a judge put a hold on it Thursday after their lawyers filed an emergency petition.

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STL to Hear Submissions on Sentencing in Rafik Hariri Case


The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Trial Chamber has issued an order scheduling a public hearing on 10 November 2020 at 10.00 AM (C.E.T.) to hear oral submissions from the Prosecutor, Defence Counsel representing the interests of Salim Jamil Ayyash and the Legal Representatives of Victims (LRV), the STL said on Friday.

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Large Stockpile of Diesel Seized in New Tariq al-Jedideh Raid

A large quantity of dangerously stored diesel was confiscated Friday in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedideh district, in a continued crackdown that began after a fuel tank blast killed several people and caused extensive damage.

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Strong Lebanon Submits Bill Setting Deadlines for Consultations, Govt. Formation

The Free Patriotic Movement-led Strong Lebanon bloc on Friday submitted a draft law aimed at setting deadlines for the president of the republic to call for binding parliamentary consultations to name a new PM and for the PM-designate to form a government.

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Clashes as Crowds Protest French Anti-Islam Cartoons

Protesters staged a rally near the French embassy in Beirut on Friday in protest against the French president's defense of the right to publish cartoons seen as offensive to Islam.

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Aoun Discusses Maritime Border Talks with Shea, Kubis

President Michel Aoun held separate meetings with US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis where talks focused on the indirect maritime demarcation talks between Lebanon and Israel, the National News Agency reported Friday.

The meeting comes one day after the third round of Lebanese-Israeli talks over the demarcation of their maritime border under US and UN auspices.

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MP Says FPM Has Right as 'Shiite Duo' to Adhere to Portfolio

Strong Republic parliamentary bloc MP Fadi Saad said on Friday that the Free Patriotic Movement has the right to adhere to the Energy Ministry portfolio if Hizbullah and Amal Movement insist on retaining the portfolio of Finance.

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Report: Israel ‘Refuses’ Lebanon Demand to Expand Disputed Maritime Area

Israel reportedly "refuses" to consider the new Lebanese request to expand the disputed area on the maritime borders, the Saudi Asharq el-Awsat daily reported on Friday.

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Months after Beirut Blast, Cinematic Tributes Stream Online

A distressed son looks for his father, a lazy beach day ends in tragedy: Lebanese can now stream short films about this summer's devastating port blast -- but some say it's just too soon.

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