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47-Year-Old Shot and Killed East of Sidon

A Lebanese national was fatally shot and killed in cold blood inside his car Wednesday evening in the southern town of Majdelyoun east of Sidon, media reports said Thursday.

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HRW Urges Accountability over Beating of Protesters near Parliament

International rights group Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Lebanese authorities to hold accountable “Lebanese military personnel who beat and kicked protesters demonstrating against a third extension of parliament’s term on June 16, 2017.”

“The military should make the results of their investigation public,” the New York-based HRW said.

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Israel Boasts of 'Unimaginable' Power in Future Lebanon War

The head of Israel's air force said Wednesday that in any future conflict involving Lebanon his country will have "unimaginable" military power at its disposal.

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Govt. Refers Controversial Electricity File to Bidding Administration

The Council of Ministers decided during a session in Baabda on Wednesday to refer the thorny file of renting power generation ships to the public bidding administration.

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STL President Meets with UN Secretary-General in New York

During a visit to the United Nations in New York this week, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) President Judge Ivana Hrdličková met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. They discussed the Tribunal’s achievements and challenges, as well as its efforts to fulfill its mandate to hold fair, transparent and expeditious proceedings, an STL press release said on Wednesday.

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Hariri Congratulates New Saudi Crown Prince

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday congratulated Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his appointment as crown prince.

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Bishop Joseph Absi Elected Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch

Bishop Joseph Absi was elected on Wednesday the new Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the National News Agency reported.

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Gemayel Says Ruling Authority Rejects Opposition, Leans Towards 'Dictatorship'

Gemayel accused the political authority of starting to rule the country in a "dictatorial approach" by suppressing the opposition.

Gemayel warned against “serious danger of transforming Lebanon into a state governed by a cartel ready to use force and authority to suppress the opposition,” he said in a press conference on Wednesday.

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Report: Heated Debate Expected at Cabinet over Electricity File

A cabinet meeting scheduled on Wednesday to tackle 67 items on its agenda including the controversial file of Lebanon's electricity, is expected to witness heated debate over leasing power generating vessels to supply for the shortage and end power cuts in the country, al-Akhbar daily reported on Wednesday.

The Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement are “expected to engage in a dispute in light of the LF's insistence to abort the electricity plan initially suggested by FPM Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil,” it added.

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Lebanon's Salameh to Be New UN Libya Envoy

The UN Security Council on Tuesday backed the appointment of Lebanese academic and former culture minister Ghassan Salameh to be the UN's new envoy in Libya.

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