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Berri Says Cabinet Red Line, Lebanese Should not Wait for Solution from Abroad

Speaker Nabih Berri has reiterated that the government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam is a red line, urging Lebanon's rival officials not to wait for the Iran nuclear deal to resolve the country's crises.

“Bringing down the cabinet means abolishing the country. This cannot take place,” Berri told his visitors, according to al-Joumhouria daily published on Friday.

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Kuwaiti Embassy Advises Citizens against Traveling to Lebanon

The Kuwaiti embassy in Lebanon on Thursday advised its citizens against traveling to Lebanon, urging those already in the country to be “extremely cautious” in their movements.

The embassy called on Kuwaitis to avoid what it described as “suspicious locations,” asking them to “communicate and coordinate with the embassy when needed, in order to preserve their security and safety.”

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Beirut Municipality Asks Cabinet to Allow It to Send Garbage Abroad

Beirut Municipality on Thursday called on the council of ministers to allow it to “hire specialized firms to send garbage abroad as a solution to the problem of disposing of the waste of the city of Beirut.”

The municipality reached its decision during an extraordinary meeting dedicated to the garbage crisis.

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Report: ISF Commandos Liberate Abductee Nabbed from Jounieh

Security forces have managed to liberate a man who was kidnapped two days ago, a media report said on Thursday.

“The abductee Khalil Faddoul was freed in a special operation by the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau's Strike Force,” LBCI television said.

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Salam Blames Political Conflict for Waste Deadlock

The government failed on Thursday to agree on measures to manage the country's waste crisis, which Prime Minister Tammam Salam blamed on the political conflict as he issued a veiled warning that he could resort to resignation if the deadlock on several issues continued.

Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said following the session that was chaired by Salam at the Grand Serail that the PM described the country's environmental situation as a “disaster.”

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Al-Rahi Meets Qahwaji: Army Last Safe Haven for People

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi held talks on Thursday with Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji on the latest developments in Lebanon ahead of Army Day.

Al-Rahi said on the occasion: “The military is the last safe haven for the people.”

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Anti-Trash Protesters Charged with Defamation, Trial Set for August

The State Prosecutor for Appeals, Judge Ziad Haidar, charged on Thursday four anti-trash demonstrations with defamation over the interception of the car of Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Tareq Mallah and the three others, Bilal Allaw, Firas Bou Zeineddine and Ihab Yazbek, were charged and referred to Beirut Judge Iman Abdallah.

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Army Arrests Lebanese and Foreigners in Anti-Extremism Sweep

The Lebanese army announced on Thursday the arrest of Lebanese citizens and foreigners suspected of belonging to armed groups and terrorist organizations.

Lebanese Abdullah Mahmoud Massoud and his brother Azzam, in addition to Ali Ahmed al-Abdo and Odai Ahmed al-Obaid, were apprehended during a raid that an army unit carried out in the area of al-Zahrieh in the northern city of Tripoli on Wednesday night.

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Geagea: Trash Crisis Will not Pass Without Accountability

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stressed on Thursday that the waste management crisis that drowned the capital and Mount Lebanon with trash for almost 10 days will not pass by without accountability.

“In all cases, the trash crisis issue will not pass without accountability,” said Geagea via Twitter.

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U.S. Extends National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon

U.S. President Barack Obama has extended the national emergency with respect to Lebanon that was declared in Executive Order 13441 of August 1, 2007.

He said in a statement released by the White House on Wednesday that “the national emergency is to continue in effect beyond August 1, 2015.”

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