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Berri Optimistic on Extraordinary Legislative Session

Speaker Nabih Berri has said that he would call for a legislative session soon after it received the required signatures of cabinet ministers.

Berri's visitors quoted him as saying that holding an extraordinary parliamentary session has become more than necessary.

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Hariri Lauds Salam's Stances, Says No Veto on Any Presidential Nominee

Al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri lauded Sunday the stances of Prime Minister Tammam Salam regarding the cabinet dispute, as he urged a “realistic solution” to the presidential crisis and noted that there is no “veto” on any candidate.

“They did not meet us halfway after we proposed our roadmap last year … but the crises make us more determined to propose solutions,” said Hariri via video link during Mustaqbal's annual iftar banquet.

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Man Reportedly Abducted after Leaving Tripoli Workplace Carrying Cash

A man was kidnapped Sunday in the northern city of Tripoli after leaving his workplace carrying a large sum of money, media reports said.

“Lebanese national Nazih Zakaria al-Hussein was abducted after he left his workplace at the Tripoli Plaza company carrying 8 million Lebanese pounds,” LBCI television reported.

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Malala Inaugurates School for Syrian Refugee Girls in Bekaa

Malala Yousafzai told world leaders they were failing Syria's children, as the Nobel Peace Prize winner spent her 18th birthday Sunday in Lebanon near the Syrian border.

As she became an adult, the teenager, who was shot by militants in her native Pakistan for campaigning for girls' rights, opened a school for more than 200 Syrian girls living in refugee camps in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

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Salam: Keep Political Differences Away from Cabinet

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stressed on Sunday that he will not let the attempts to obstruct the cabinet succeed in their endeavors, calling on all parties to keep political differences away.

“I will not allow any attempts to obstruct the cabinet's work. Let them keep their political differences away from the government,” said Salam during a meeting with popular delegations at his residence.

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Bou Saab: I Refuse Describing Salam as 'Daeshi'

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab refused on Sunday descriptions hinting at PM Tamam Salam as a “Daeshi,” stressing that Salam is a “moderate figure.”

“Salam is a moderate figure and our differences with him are strictly political,” said Bou Saab, of the Free Patriotic Movement, to LBCI.

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Rifi: Aoun Will Never be President

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said on Sunday that the Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun will never be a president, criticizing the street mobilizations that the latter kicked off during the latest cabinet session.

“Aoun will never be a president. What he did in the streets only indicate a state of national downfall and is a proof that he is not fit to handle responsibility at the level of the state,” said Rifi in an interview to the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa daily.

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Israel Stages Live Ammo Drill in Shebaa Farms

The Israeli army carried out a live ammunition maneuver early Sunday in the Shebaa farms, the National News Agency said.

At around 7:00 am, Israeli troops kicked off simulated military operations in the southern side of the Shebaa farms close to the border line using live ammunition.

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Report: Washington Rejects Vacuum in Army Leadership, Could Reconsider Aid

A European diplomatic source said that the United States will not accept vacuum in the leadership of Lebanon's military institutions, warning that it could halt the aid program it provides to the army, the Kuwaiti al-Qabas daily reported on Sunday.

The United states, which continuously provides the army with aid and cover to dismantle terrorist cells, will not accept vacuum in the leadership of the military institution, threatening that it could reconsider the aid program if that happened, the daily added.

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Israeli Drone Crashes in Lebanon for 2nd Time in 3 Weeks

An Israeli drone crashed in the northern city of Tripoli on Saturday, the army said, in the second such incident in three weeks.

"At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT), a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures," the military said in a statement, without elaborating.

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