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Berri 'Distressed' over Electoral Law, Urges Cabinet to Meet its Vows

In light of the debate over approving a new electoral law, Speaker Nabih Berri urged the cabinet to implement the pledges it made in its ministerial statement, and assured that the parliament will study and approve all 75 draft laws listed on its agenda.

Berri renewed rejections on Wednesday for staging the upcoming parliamentary elections based on the current 1960 law or the extension of the parliament's term, saying: “No need to explain my stance again. I have reached the threshold of despair,” he told Ad Diyar in an interview.

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STL President Thanks Aoun for Lebanon's 'Continuous Support' for Court

The President and Vice President of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Ivana Hrdličková and Judge Ralph Riachi, on Tuesday visited President Michel Aoun to congratulate him on his election as Lebanon's 13th president, an STL statement said.

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Geagea and Bassil: No Turning Back in LF-FPM Relation

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil stressed Tuesday that “there will be no turning back” in the LF-FPM relation, in remarks marking one year since Geagea endorsed the presidential bid of FPM founder Michel Aoun in a surprise move that largely contributed to Aoun's election as president.

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Mustaqbal Reiterates Call for Hybrid Electoral Law, Timely Polls

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday renewed its call for a “hybrid” electoral law and holding the parliamentary elections on time.

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Bassil Voices Rejection of Extension, 1960 Law, Threatens 'Political, Popular' Moves

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Tuesday announced that the Change and Reform bloc rejects a return to the 1960 electoral law as well as any attempt to extend the parliament's term for a third time.

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U.N. Mission Briefs Hariri on Purpose of UNIFIL Strategic Review

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Tuesday at the Grand Serail a United Nations delegation currently visiting Lebanon to conduct a “strategic review” of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

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Hizbullah Bloc Says Failure to Pass New Electoral Law 'Shakes Confidence' in Govt.

Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc on Tuesday voiced rejection of the 1960 electoral law and reiterated its call for an electoral system based on proportional representation.

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High-Ranking Lebanese Police Officers Attend Leadership and Management Training in Louisville, Kentucky

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut is sponsoring a leadership and management training seminar for 19 high-ranking Lebanese police officials, a statement from the United States embassy said on Tuesday.

The January 16-27 training will be conducted by the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, as part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support security and stability in Lebanon through the provision of assistance to Lebanon’s criminal justice sector, including the Internal Security Forces (ISF), it added.

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Hizbullah Seizes Israeli Drone that Crashed in South

Hizbullah announced Tuesday in a statement that its militants have found an Israeli spy drone that crashed Monday in south Lebanon.

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General Security Arrests Syrian Female over Terror Links

The General Security units arrested a Syrian female over belonging to a terror organization, the General Security said in communiqué released on Tuesday.

Upon investigations, the detainee who was identified by her initials as B.F. confessed to having links, with others, to a terrorist organization that encouraged them to leave to Syria and join its ranks, added the communique.

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