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Cabinet Agrees on Need for State Budget as Economic Losses Estimated at $15 Billion

The cabinet convened in a special session on Monday to tackle the worsening financial and economic situation in the country in light of an absent state budget since 2005, reports said.

Monday's meeting discussed Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil's report on the state's finances which was presented during last week's session in a move to find a solution for Lebanon's economic crisis.

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Report: Salam Says Oil Committee Won't Meet Unless Data is Complete

Prime Minster Tammam Salam “broke the silence” with regard to the latest agreement between the Free Patriotic Movement and the AMAL party on the oil excavation file, and expressed his annoyance over the “unideal manner” that the agreement was struck between the two, As Safir daily reported on Monday.

Media reports said over the weekend that the agreement between the two parties did not meet the approval of the PM and that Salam was disappointed that he was not briefed beforehand.

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Lebanon Tradition of Celebratory Gunshots Comes under Fire

Whether it's joy, political passion or grief, for many Lebanese, there's only one way to show it: by lifting a gun and firing off rounds into the air.

But the deadly practice, a tradition in many Arab countries, has attracted new scrutiny and police attention following a spate of deaths and serious injuries in incidents involving indiscriminate gunfire.

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Int'l 'Presidency Efforts' Resume as Parties Say Berri's Taef Remarks Aim to Promote 'Package Deal'

Regional and international consultations have resumed regarding Lebanon's stalled presidential vote, while some domestic parties have described Speaker Nabih Berri's latest remarks about adherence to the Taef Accord as an attempt to promote his proposed “package deal,” a media report said on Sunday.

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Stranded Lebanese Begin Arriving in Beirut as Bassil Calls Turkey FM in Solidarity

A number of Lebanese who had been stranded at Turkey's Ataturk airport arrived Sunday in Beirut aboard Turkish and Lebanese planes as Lebanon's Middle East Airlines said it will operate three flights on Sunday to bring Lebanese citizens from Turkey, media reports said.

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Lebanese Supporters of Erdogan Take to Streets in North, Bekaa, Sidon

The northern city of Tripoli and the nearby areas of Beddawi and Minieh have witnessed motorized demos in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hours after Erdogan's loyalists foiled a coup that was staged by a group in the Turkish military.

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Army in Security, Military Operations in Arsal, Outskirts

Army intelligence agents have arrested a Syrian man in the restive northeastern border town of Arsal on charges of belonging to the extremist Islamic State group, state-run National News Agency said on Sunday.

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Mashnouq Urges Continued Cooperation with France after Nice Attack

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq sent a letter to his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve and expressed his deep sorrow over the latest terrorist attack that hit the city of Nice Thursday, the state-run National News Agency said on Saturday.

“We were deeply shocked at the attack that targeted France on its national day. We have to work together to confront this barbaric terrorism and we must defend the values we share,” said Mashnouq in his letter.

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Army Arrests Several over Celebratory Gunfire in Jabal Mohsen

The Lebanese army staged raids in Tripoli’s neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen over celebratory gunfire after an attempted coup in Turkey, the Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) reported Saturday.

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Makari: Staging Presidential Polls Ahead of Parliamentary Solves Many Hurdles

Deputy Speaker Farid Makari stated that staging the presidential elections before the parliamentary polls will automatically solve many pending issues in the country, As Safir daily reported on Saturday.

“Staging the presidential elections will inevitably lead to a set of solutions for many current crises. But many complications will arise if we stage the parliamentary polls in the absence of a president,” Makari told the daily in an interview.

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