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Attack on Army in Araman Kills 2 after Fierce Wadi Khaled Battle

Gunmen opened fire on an army post in the northern area of Araman at dawn Sunday, triggering a shootout in which two soldiers and one gunman were killed, the army said.

Another gunman fled to an unknown destination, according to an army statement.

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Lebanon: From Deadly Explosion to New PM Resignation

From the Beirut port blast to premier-designate Mustapha Adib stepping down on Saturday after less than a month of trying to form a new cabinet, here are developments in crisis-hit Lebanon:

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Mustapha Adib, Lebanon's Short-lived PM-designate

Mustapha Adib, a little-known diplomat tasked with forming a new crisis government to save Lebanon from the brink, resigned Saturday after less than a month as premier designate.

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Kubis Lashes Out at Officials for Foiling ‘Unique’ French Chance

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis on Saturday criticized Lebanon’s politicians for thwarting the French initiative to assist Lebanon, shortly after the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib over a Cabinet impasse.

“Such a degree of irresponsibility, when the fate of Lebanon and its people is at stake! Politicians, have you really scuppered this unique chance created by France? …” said Kubis in a tweet.

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Aoun Accepts Adib’s Resignation

President Michel Aoun accepted the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib and was set to "take the appropriate measures according to the requirements of the constitution", the president's office said Saturday.

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Geagea Congratulates Abid for Stepping Down

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea issued a statement on Saturday in which he congratulated PM-designate Mustafa Adib for stepping down “because he could not put his convictions into action.”

“My warm congratulations to PM Adib, even if we had not named him, because he is the first Lebanese official to resign when he saw an inability to translate his convictions,” said Geagea, shortly after Adib’s resignation from Baabda because of a Cabinet impasse.

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Berri ‘Adheres’ to French Initiative ‘Based on Content’

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri stressed “adherence” on Saturday to the French initiative towards Lebanon, shortly after the resignation of PM-designate Mustafa Adib amid a Cabinet impasse.

Berri, head of the Shiite Amal Movement, said that no one like them adheres to the French initiative, accusing others of “foiling” it.

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Hariri Laments Adib’s Resignation

Amid a cabinet stalemate preventing PM-designate Mustafa Adib from forming a crisis government, Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Lebanese politicians have again presented an example of failure in managing the country.

“Once again, Lebanese politicians present to the world a blatant example of failure in managing public affairs and approaching national interest,” said Hariri in a statement after Adib’s resignation from Baabda Palace.

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PSP Says Foiled Govt. Efforts a ‘Sin’ against Lebanese

The Progressive Socialist Party described on Saturday the obstructed efforts of PM-designate Mustafa Adib to form a crisis government and his eventual resignation, as a “sin” against the Lebanese people.

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Adib Steps Down from Mission to Form Govt amid Impasse

Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Adib resigned on Saturday amid a Cabinet formation deadlock, nearly a month after he was appointed to the job.

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