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Kanaan Meets Billingslea: No New Sanctions on Lebanese Officials

Head of the Finance and Budget Committee MP Ibrahim Kanaan assured from Washington after meeting with Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury’s assistant secretary on terror financing, that “no new sanctions on Lebanese officials,” the National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Jabaq to 'Visit' Washington: International Organizations Recognized I Don’t Belong to Hizbullah

Health Minister Jamil Jabaq asserted that international organizations and donors have realized through his work since taking office, that he does not belong to Hizbullah although the party called him to participate in the government, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported on Friday.

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Govt. Postpones Debate on Annulling Free Minutes for Postpaid Cellphone Subscribers

The Council of Ministers on Thursday failed to reach an agreement over a recommendation by the telecom minister to annul a 2014 decision granting postpaid cellphone subscribers 60 minutes free of charge.

Information Minister Jamal al-Jarrah told reporters that the issue was postponed for further assessment.

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U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Lebanese 'Money Laundering' Group

U.S. officials on Thursday announced that Washington has sanctioned a Lebanese network accused of laundering millions of dollars for "drug kingpins" and helping finance Hizbullah, the Iran-backed Shiite movement that Washington labels a "terrorist organization."

The U.S. Treasury Department said it has added Lebanese national Kassem Chams to its blacklist, along with two related entities: the "Chams Money Laundering Organization" and Chams Exchange, a money service business in Lebanon.

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Hariri Says 'Unlike Other Countries', Lebanon Taking Measures 'before Crisis'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Thursday that “the best decision we have taken in Lebanon is carrying out steps to address the deficit and austerity measures before the eruption of the crisis.”

“Other countries were obliged to take tougher, severer and more painful measures because they waited for the crisis to happen before beginning reforms,” Hariri said at the beginning of an ordinary Cabinet session at the Grand Serail.

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Trump's Golan Move Causes Concern in Lebanon for Land Owners

Akram Kanaan looked toward an Israeli military position on a snow-capped mountain that overlooks the village of Shebaa in southern Lebanon, pointing toward the scenic area captured by Israel more than five decades ago. No matter how long it takes, he says, it will eventually return to Lebanon's sovereignty.

Like many others in this area where the borders of Lebanon, Syria and Israel meet, Kanaan — a member of Shebaa's municipal council — is angry about President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in 1981. The American president has no right to give Israel lands that belong to Syria and Lebanon, he says.

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Hariri Receives Cypriot Foreign Minister

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received on Thursday at the Grand Serail the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, in the presence of former Minister Ghattas Khoury, the Premier’s office said

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Bassil Says Lebanon to Strengthen Oil and Gas Cooperation with Cyprus

The top diplomats of Lebanon and neighboring island nation Cyprus said Thursday they were working together towards a deal over adjacent oil and gas exploration zones in the Mediterranean.

Both countries hope to exploit resources on either side of their shared maritime border, and Lebanon this month opened tenders for three of its four blocks along that frontier.

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Hassan Says Germanos' Lawsuit against ISF ‘Big Mistake’

Interior Minister Raya al-Hasan criticized the lawsuit filed by Military Prosecutor Peter Germanos against the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces, describing it as a “big mistake,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Aoun Tells Pavlopoulos Lebanon Won't Join Gas Forum Comprising Israel

President Michel Aoun on Thursday said he told visiting Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos that Lebanon will not accept to join any Mediterranean gas consortium comprising Israel.

“I thanked the president for his country's stance on Jerusalem and its stance on the Syrian Golan. I also stressed that the U.S. president's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital represented a blatant violation of the foundations of international legitimacy and the U.N. Charter,” Aoun said at a joint press conference.

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