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STL: Contempt Case against al-Amin Closed; Enforcement of Sentence against Akhbar Daily Outstanding

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said in a statement on Wednesday that Ibrahim al-Amin, editor-in-chief of al-Akhbar daily, has satisfied the sentence imposed on him by the Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri on 29 August 2016.

The fine of €20,000 was received by the Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on 14 August 2018, it said.

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Lebanese Forces 'Demands' Justice Portfolio

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri intensifies efforts to ease obstacles hampering the formation process and has therefore held series of meetings with related parties.

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Kataeb Suggests Cutting Off Lifelong Salaries for Deputies

The Kataeb parliamentary bloc has submitted a draft law suggesting that lifelong salaries for lawmakers be terminated, a move described as beneficial for Lebanon's treasury.

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Jumblat Hands Aoun 'List' to Resolve Druze Minister Spat

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Tuesday said he handed President Michel Aoun a “list” of candidates in order to resolve the spat over the so-called third Druze minister in the new government.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Aoun in Baabda, Jumblat described the talks as “very positive.”

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Satirist Hisham Haddad Questioned for 'Insulting Judiciary'

Mount Lebanon First Examining Magistrate Nicolas Mansour on Tuesday interrogated prominent TV host and comedian Hisham Haddad over a segment of his show that was deemed insulting to the Lebanese judiciary, the National News Agency said.

Haddad's lawyer Ashraf al-Moussawi said his client was released after questioning and that the file was referred to the Baabda court of publications.

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Aoun, Hariri Meet Parties in New Govt. Formation Drive

President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri met with representatives of a number of political parties on Tuesday amid reported progress in the cabinet formation process.

At the Baabda Palace, Aoun met with the 'Mount Lebanon Guarantee' bloc which is led by MP Talal Arslan and comprises the lawmakers Cesar Abi Khalil, Mario Aoun and Farid al-Bustani.

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President Meets Iraqi Foreign Minister

President Michel Aoun received Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Tuesday at the Baabda Presidential Palace, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: Druze Obstacle Likely ‘Eased’ Paving Way for Government Lineup

Efforts to lineup the government have not seized over the weekend, as meetings and contacts were intensified to ease the obstacles mainly the Druze and Christian representation.

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Clashes in Palestinian Refugee Camp Wound 6

Lebanese security officials say clashes between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon wounded at least six people.

The officials say the clashes broke out Monday between members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and Jundallah, which is allied with Hizbullah.

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Aoun Welcomes Reopening of Nassib Crossing

President Michel Aoun hailed on Monday the reopening of a key trade route between Syria and Jordan, once vital for the transit of goods in the Middle East, describing it as beneficial for Lebanon’s productive sector.

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