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Mansour Confirms Lebanese Community in Nigeria Safe

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour assured on Saturday that the Lebanese community in Nigeria is safe, noting that they were not harmed by the security incidents in that country.

According to the National News Agency, Mansour telephoned Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria Iman Younis inquiring about the situation.

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Damascus: Lebanese Gunmen Fired at Fishermen in Syrian Territorial Waters

Syrian authorities confirmed on Saturday that forces detained a Lebanese boat smuggling boxes from northern Lebanon into the territorial waters off the Syrian village of Kherabh.

According to SANA, Lebanese gunmen opened fire at the boat while Syrian authorities were allegedly trying to inquire the members about the cargo on the boat.

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Hariri Breaks Leg while Skiing in French Alps

Former PM Saad Hariri broke his left leg while skiing in the French Alps, said his press office in a statement on Saturday.

He underwent a successful three-hour surgery in the American Hospital of Paris.

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Preparations Underway to Remove Jal el-Dib Bridge

The side road near the Jal el-Dib bridge has been reopened after the majority of it was repaved, reported LBC on Saturday.

Elie Helou of the Council for Development and Construction told the television that an operation to widen the roads near the bridge ahead of its removal is underway.

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Energy Ministry Blames Poor Weather on Delay in Delivery of Red Diesel

The Energy Ministry revealed that it had delivered 10 million liters of red diesel subsidized by LL 3,000 per jerry can to the Zahrani plants that had witnessed a severe shortage in fuel, reported the daily An Nahar on Friday.

The Ministry said in a statement: “The thunderstorm on January 18 prevented the delivery of diesel to Zahrani, which led to the shortage.”

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Suleiman Demands Release of Lebanese Fishermen Abducted by Syria in the North

A 16-year-old Lebanese boy was shot and fatally wounded after gunmen opened fire on a fishing boat on the maritime border with Syria on Saturday, his father and a local official told Agence France Presse.

"My wife crossed the border into Syria and has seen his body in the morgue of Bassel Assad hospital" in the coastal city of Tartus, said Ahmad Hamad of his son Maher.

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Miqati Sends Envoy to al-Rahi to Ease Tensions over Appointments File

Prime Minister Najib Miqati sent his adviser Issa al-Khoury to Bkirki on Friday in order to ease tensions with Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi over the government’s “slow” approach in settling the appointments file, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

Minister of Administrative Development Mohammed Fneish stressed that this issue requires political consensus in order to be resolved, reported As Safire newspaper on Saturday.

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Jumblat: Talks in Qatar Addressed People’s Role in Achieving Democracy

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat described on Saturday his meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as “friendly and positive,” reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

He told the daily: “The talks focused on the ongoing developments in the Arab world and Qatar’s role in supporting youth movements striving for freedom and democracy.”

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Cabinet to Convene Monday, Tuesday to Address 2012 State Budget

Cabinet is expected to convene at the Baabda Palace on Monday and Tuesday in order to continue address the remaining articles on its previous agendas, most notably the Jal el-Dib bridge, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

The sessions are also expected to address the 2012 state budget, which was referred to the government my Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi months ago, but put on hold to await minister remarks on it, said the daily.

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Nahhas Determined Not to Approve Transportation Allowance, Says No Dispute with Aoun

Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas reiterated on Saturday that he will not approve the transportation allowance taken by the cabinet because it’s "illegal."

Free Patriotic Movement Leader MP Michek “Aoun’s position is similar to mine” Nahhas told OTV after meeting with Aoun in Rabiyeh.

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