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Metropolitan Elias Aude Meets Saudi Ambassador

Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Beirut Elias Aude received the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon Walid el-Bukhari on Friday at the Archdiocese in Ashrafieh, MTV station reported.

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Roukoz Invites for 'Mass Protests' as Lebanon’s Crises Exacerbate

Lebanon’s multifaceted crises including a soaring economic crisis and the government’s failure to address any, are increasing pressure on the people and renewing calls to turn to the streets in protest.

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Al-Rahi Says Hizbullah 'Hegemony' behind Economic and Financial Crisis

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi openly criticized Hizbullah on Thursday and blamed Lebanon’s compounded political, economic and financial crisis on its “hegemony” over the government and Lebanese politics.

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57 New COVID-19 Cases in Lebanon and 2 More Deaths

Fifty-seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lebanon on Thursday in addition to two more deaths.

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Ghajar Says No Investors for Lebanon's Ailing Power Sector

Lebanon's worsening economic crisis, which culminated with the tiny nation defaulting on its debt this year, is making it increasingly difficult to attract investors for the country's ailing electricity sector, Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said Thursday.

This in turn makes it harder to reform the state-run sector as required by the International Monetary Fund and also for international donors to provide Lebanon with financial assistance, Ghajar added. Still, he said the government is working on reforming the highly subsidized sector and has made important steps in that direction recently.

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Hariri Lauds Ibrahim's Drive and Slams Diab and Bassil

Ex-PM Saad Hariri on Thursday described General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim’s talks with Arab countries and ambassadors as “necessary,” as he lashed out anew at Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil over recent statements.

“Maj. Gen. Ibrahim’s drive is necessary and we are in the Arab League. These nations, especially in the Gulf, stood by Lebanon, and today there is unprecedented regional escalation and we must be in communication with them in order to receive aid from them,” Hariri told reporters.

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Aoun on Neutrality: We're Obliged to Defend Ourselves

President Michel Aoun announced Thursday that Lebanon is “obliged” to defend itself whether or not it becomes a “neutral” country.

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Aboul Gheit Slams Response of 'Political Class' to Lebanon ‘Dangerous’ Crisis

Arab League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned on Thursday in an interview with the Middle East News Agency that “the situation in Lebanon is very dangerous,” and criticized the response of the political class to the crippling economic crisis in the country.

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Patriarch Meets Iranian Ambassador in Dimane

Iranian Ambassador Mohammed-Jalal Firouznia said on Thursday from Dimane, after holding talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara el-Rahi, that Iran is open to provide assistance for Lebanon and that it “does not interfere in Lebanon’s internal affairs.”

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Central Bank Forms Committee to Restructure Banking Sector

The Central Bank of Lebanon said in a statement on Thursday that it formed a committee to restructure Lebanon's financially hit commercial banks.

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