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Lebanon Records Only Four New Coronavirus Cases

Lebanon confirmed only four COVID-19 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, a drop from twenty daily cases recorded on Saturday.

A statement issued by the Health Ministry said two of the infected individuals are residents and the other two are repatriated expats. It said the two local cases have been traced to known sources.

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Geagea Slams Vandalization, Ashrafieh MPs Warn Scooter 'Provocateurs'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Sunday accused the government of negligence towards the rioting that central Beirut had witnessed in recent days.

“As much as we as Lebanese cling to freedom of opinion and expression, we also cling to public order, public safety and the preservation of public and private property,” Geagea said in a tweet.

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Al-Rahi Lashes Out at 'Vandals' and Parties 'Hiding behind Them'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday said “vandals”, “suspicious protesters” and “saboteurs” have infiltrated the anti-government protests.

“We will not allow anyone to destroy the civilized Lebanese state and we are supporting the government for a single objective, which is that it heed the voice of the people who want a government that carries out the reforms that are demanded domestically and internationally,” said al-Rahi in his Sunday Mass sermon.

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Report: Berri's Huge Efforts Stopped Aoun, Diab from Firing Salameh

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri exerted major efforts prior to Friday’s two cabinet sessions to prevent President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab from sacking Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh in connection with the dramatic currency crash, reports said.

Parliamentary and ministerial sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday that Berri had flown from Msayleh to Baabda in an army helicopter to take part in a meeting with Aoun and Diab that preceded the second cabinet session.

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120 Injured in Tripoli as New Clashes, Protests Rock Lebanon

Hundreds of demonstrators angered by a deepening economic crisis rallied Saturday across Lebanon for a third consecutive day, after violent overnight riots sparked condemnation from the political elite.

Protesting against the surging cost of living and the government's apparent impotence in the face of Lebanon's worst economic turmoil since the 1975-1990 civil war, protesters in central Beirut brandished flags and chanted anti-government slogans.

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Fresh Protests Call on Government to Resign amid Crisis

Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities Saturday in mostly peaceful protests against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress.

The protests come after two days of rallies spurred by a dramatic collapse of the local currency against the dollar. Those rallies degenerated into violence, including attacks on private banks and shops.

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Diab: Attempts to Overthrow the Government Have Failed

Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the attempts to “overthrow” his government have “failed,” and accused some parties, without naming them, of instigating protests and drowning the country into a crippling economic crisis.

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Lebanon Records 20 New Cases of Coronavirus

The Health Ministry said that twenty new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were recorded on Saturday raising the tally to 1442.

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Kheir Inspects Damages in Downtown Beirut

Prime Minister Hassan Diab has commissioned Head of the High Relief Committee Gen. Mohammed Kheir with conducting a field survey to assess the damages to commercial, public and private properties, the press office of PM Hassan Diab said on Saturday.

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Hariri Fires Sharp Remarks against Authority, 'Mopeds' Patrons'

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday waged sharp remarks against the ruling authority and AMAL and Hizbullah parties, without naming them, after Friday’s protests that turned into riots.

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