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U.N. Chief at Rome II: Lebanon a Fundamental Pillar of Stability in Region

Lebanon is “a fundamental pillar of stability in the region” and “this status is the product of tremendous hard work on the part of leaders and citizens alike,” U.N. chief Antonio Guterres told the Rome II Conference on Thursday.

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At Rome II, Hariri Promises Defense Strategy Talks, Asks for Time to Honor Dissociation Policy

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday promised the Rome II Conference, aimed at rallying support for Lebanon's army and security forces, that the country's leaders will discuss a national defense strategy after the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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Lebanese-American Witness in U.S. Vote Probe is 'Convicted Pedophile'

It was a few days before the one-year anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration and a Lebanese-American businessman was on his way to Mar-a-Lago.

George Nader, an international fixer whose long history included intrepid back-channel mediation between Israel and Arab countries — and a 15-year-old pedophilia conviction in Europe that has not been previously reported — was transiting through Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

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Aoun Calls EBRD to Contribute to Lebanon Road Rehabilitation

President Michel Aoun, held talks at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, with President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Suma Chakrabarti, and an accompanying delegation, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

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Hariri Meets Bogdanov, Ayesh on Sidelines of Rome II Conference

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met at his residence in Rome, with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov where they discussed the Russian contribution to the Rome-2 conference and the bilateral relations between Lebanon and Russia, Hariri's media office said on Thursday.

After the meeting, Bogdanov said: “Discussions with PM Hariri highlighted the significance of Rome II (donor conference). We are participating at the invitation of Hariri and the Italian government.

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Report: Top Bottled Water Brands Contaminated with Plastic Particles

The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

"Widespread contamination" with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective.

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Mashnouq: International Community Gives Significance for Lebanon Stability

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said the international community “understands well the internal situation in Lebanon and gives special attention to our stability,” adding that Lebanon will for the first time propose a five-year support plan for its military and security, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Bassil Calls for 'Liberating State Institutions from Civilian Militias'

Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Wednesday called for “liberating the state” from what he described as “civilian militias.”

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Hariri in Italy for Rome II Meeting, Expects 'Big Arab Support'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Wednesday evening in the Italian capital to lead Lebanon's delegation to the Rome II conference that is aimed at rallying support for Lebanon's army and security forces.

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Geagea: No Lebanon without Cedar Revolution, No Cedar Revolution without LF

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed Wednesday that “there can be no Lebanon without the Cedar Revolution and there can be no Cedar Revolution without the LF.”

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