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Report on Glaser's Visit: U.S. Fight against Hizbullah Ongoing and Escalating

U.S. Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser stressed that his country is keen on Lebanon’s stability, assuring that the U.S. sanctions law only targets Hizbullah, As Safir daily reported on Friday.

“There is no random or discretionary application of the U.S. law, and there are no intentions to target a specific Lebanese group. We have announced that the aim of the law is to fight Hizbullah. We are not visiting the country to negotiate the law with Lebanese delegations, but to discuss the ways of its implementation,” the daily quoted Glaser during his visit to Lebanon.

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Hochstein Encourages Lebanon to Benefit from Energy Potentials

The U.S. Department of State's Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos J. Hochstein encouraged during his visit to Lebanon on Thursday the government officials to take advantage of Lebanon’s potential to attract investment to successfully develop its hydrocarbon sector.

Amos met with several Lebanese officials where discussions focused on the Lebanese and regional energy issues.

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Franjieh Clings to His Nomination, Denies Confronting Aoun in Jounieh

Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh stressed Thursday that he has “the right to be alternative candidate” if Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun does not secure consensus on being elected as president.

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Cabinet Postpones Debate on Controversial Dam as Ministers Voice Conflicting Stances

The cabinet on Thursday avoided debate on controversial plans to construct a dam in the Janna Valley in Nahr Ibrahim, postponing the topic to its next session, as environmental activists staged a rally outside the Grand Serail.

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Resistance Brigades Distances Itself from Bleiq's Alleged Killer

The Hizbullah-linked Resistance Brigades on Thursday denied any involvement in the killing of Wissam Bleiq in Beirut after media reports said a member of the Brigades was behind the murder.

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Lebanese Kills Indian Colleague, Burns Body

A Lebanese man set ablaze the body of an Indian worker after killing him in the Keserwan town of Okaibe, the Internal Security Forces said on Thursday.

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Army Arrests Two Terror Suspects in Arsal Region

Two suspects were arrested Thursday in the northeastern border region of Arsal on charges of involvement in terrorist attacks against the army, the Army Command said.

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Businessman Kidnapped in Western Bekaa

Security agencies are following up on the kidnap of the businessman Adnan Hussein Dabaja who was abducted in the western Bekaa region, media reports said on Thursday.

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Joint Parliamentary Committees Schedule New Session Next Week

The joint parliamentary committees tasked with drafting an electoral law postponed Thursday's session, that was scheduled primarily to discuss the hybrid electoral draft-law, until June 1 after the withdrawal of MP Ali Ammar.

MP Ali Fayyad said after the meeting that “Ammar's withdrawal had to do with the agenda of the meeting.”

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Mogherini: Lebanon Must not Link Election of President to Regional Crises

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday that the prolonged political crisis can only further weaken Lebanon which cannot afford to wait for the region to solve its problems before it addresses this issue.

“On 25 May 2016 Lebanon enters its third year without a President. The sovereignty, stability, territorial integrity and independence of Lebanon are important for the European Union. Lebanon remains an example of freedom, diversity and tolerance for the region, but the prolonged political crisis can only further weaken the country and its institutions in facing its many challenges. Lebanon cannot afford to wait for the region to solve its problems before it addresses this issue,” said Mogherini.

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