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Geagea Meets Aoun, Hopes Cabinet Will be Formed before Holidays

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated, following his meeting with President Michel Aoun in Baabda on Wednesday, that the differences over the distribution of ministerial portfolios in the new cabinet are political, as he remarked that the party made many concessions before anyone else did.

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Parliamentary Committee Repeals Contentious Rape Law

The Administration and Justice Parliamentary Committee repealed on Wednesday article 522 in the Lebanese law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.

The decision came following protests that called for the law annulment.

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Syria Grand Mufti Meets with Aoun, al-Rahi

President Michel Aoun met on Wednesday with Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun at the Baabda Palace, the National News Agency reported.

Hassoun was accompanied by Syrian Ambassador for Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali, NNA added.

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FPM Urges Franjieh to Turn 'New Page' with Aoun

The Free Patriotic Movement called on Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh to display readiness to turn a new leaf of relations between the two parties and urged him to deal with President Michel Aoun with “pragmatism and flexibility”, As Safir daily reported Wednesday.

“Franjieh is invited to deal with the Presidency with some pragmatism and flexibility, and to show readiness to open a new page just like the Kataeb party did following the election session (of President Michel Aoun). Only then will he be received with understanding and positivity from the General's (Aoun) part,” a prominent FPM source told the daily.

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Hizbullah Hails Bassil Rhetoric, Says Understanding with FPM 'Unwavering'

Hizbullah hailed the rhetoric of Free Patriotic Movement leader and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and assured that relations between the two parties are “excellent,” al-Joumhouria daily reported Wednesday.

“Relations between the party and the FPM are excellent. The understanding between us with regard to the strategic and political positions is firm and deep,” Hizbullah sources told the daily.

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Army Detains Culprits Involved in Bqaa Sifrin Attack

The Army Intelligence arrested the culprits involved in the attack that targeted army troops in the northern al-Dinniyeh district that left one soldier dead and another wounded, LBCI reported Wednesday.

The army was able to arrest all the parties involved after staging night raids in the town of Bqaa Sifrin in al-Dinniyeh.

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Overnight Armed Clashes Erupt in Ain el-Hilweh

Armed clashes erupted overnight between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and the Bilal Badr armed group in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon. The sound of intermittent gunfire resonated until morning, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.

NNA said the clash erupted at midnight when two suspects on a motorcycle drove beside a Fatah position in the al-Fawqani neighborhood and started shooting gunfire into the air drawing suspicion of a Fatah Movement security member.

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Lebanese Women Protest against Rape Law

A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, gathered Tuesday outside government buildings in the capital Beirut to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.

The law, in place since the late 1940s in Lebanon, is currently being discussed in parliament after a lawmaker called for it to be repealed.

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Al-Rahi Hopes 'Inclusive Govt.' Will be 'Christmas Gift' to Lebanese

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi called on the political parties on Tuesday to form the new government before Christmas.

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Mustaqbal Stresses Importance of 'Facilitating PM-Designate's Mission'

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday called on the political parties to facilitate the formation of the new government, warning that any further delay would impede the momentum that started after the election of President Michel Aoun.

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