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Int'l Funding for Lebanon Refugee Response Amounts to $1.9 Billion in 2016

International funding for Lebanon in 2016 amounted to USD 1.9 billion, as shown by the funding update released by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon.

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In Beirut, Le Pen Says Assad 'More Reassuring Solution for France'

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday announced from Beirut that Syrian President Bashar Assad is “a much more reassuring solution for France” than the jihadist Islamic State group.

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Hariri Meets Le Pen: Amalgam between Islam and Terrorism Worst Mistake

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received on Monday France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, accompanied by MP Gilbert Collard, her chief of staff Nicolas Lesage in the presence of Hariri's chief of staff, Nader Hariri.

During the meeting, Hariri cautioned against associating his religion with the terrorist attacks of the jihadists who have repeatedly targeted France.

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Jumblat Says Wage Scale Must Be Linked to 'Reform' and 'Fixed' Revenues

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed on Monday the need to secure “firm resources” for the longtime awaited wage scale file.

“Beware of chaos. The wage scale must be linked to reform and fixed resources and it should be part of the budget plan,” said Jumblat in a tweet on Monday.

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Karam: Hizbullah Hampering Electoral Law for Regional Considerations

MP Fadi Karam accused Hizbullah on Monday of hampering attempts to agree on an electoral law for the upcoming parliamentary polls for what he described as “regional” reasons.

“Hizbullah is obstructing endeavors to agree on a new electoral law for regional considerations,” Karam told VDL (93.3) radio station.

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Report: Russia Willing to Help Lebanon with Electoral Law

Russia is likely to give Lebanon a helping hand in finding a new parliamentary electoral law format acceptable by all political parties, to save the country from “sliding into a political crisis,” al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

“Moscow will possibility make a move to help (Lebanon) find a format for a new electoral law acceptable by all forces, to avoid potentials of a political crisis that could open the door on an exposed security situation in Lebanon,” sources told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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France's Le Pen in Lebanon, Calls for Bolstering Ties

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks in Beirut with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun.

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Fneish Says Resistance Complements Army's Anti-Israel Role

Sport and Youth Minister Mohammed Fneish of Hizbullah stressed Sunday that Hizbullah's military role in the face of Israel complements that of the Lebanese army.

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4 Syrians Held in Koura Town on Suspicion of Terrorist Ties

Four Syrians were arrested Sunday in the town of Dahr al-Ain in the northern Koura district on suspicion of having ties to terrorist groups, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Army Stops Foodstuffs Truck Destined for Arsal Jihadists

The army on Sunday seized a truck loaded with foodstuffs that was headed for the jihadist groups in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal, state-run National News Agency reported.

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