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British Ambassador Hosts Reception for Women Parliament Candidates

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter has hosted a reception to call on Lebanese political parties, voters and women to increase women’s representation in parliament in the upcoming elections, the British embassy said on Tuesday.

The event was also an opportunity to celebrate “100 years of votes for women in the UK.”

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Aoun Says 'Keep Backing Middle Class' as Housing Bank Toughens Terms

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday urged banks to continue to offer loans aimed at propping up the country's middle class, after Banque de L'Habitat (housing bank) toughened its lending terms.

Aoun voiced his remarks during a meeting with a delegation from the Association of Banks in Lebanon.

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Bassil Calls for Large-Scale Aid at Rome II, Says Terror Will Stay Until Refugees Return Home

Lebanon's army has liberated the parts of land used to be occupied by the Islamic State extremist group with the help of the Resistance, as we urge aid countries to provide assistance for the country's security and military at the Rome II Aid conference scheduled on March 15, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said on Tuesday.

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STL President Says Absence of Defendants Won't Obstruct Justice

President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Judge Ivana Hrdlickovca stressed on Tuesday that justice shall be served in the assassination case of ex-PM Rafik Hariri, pointing out that the defendants' absence from the proceedings will not thwart the tribunal's goal.

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Report: Hizbullah Stages Maneuvers to 'Penetrate Cement Block Walls'

Hizbullah has reportedly “completed maneuvers” in the central region of Syria where special equipment were used to “penetrate” concrete block walls similar to the separation wall Israel is building on the border with Lebanon, Ad Diyar daily reported on Tuesday.

Quoting unnamed ministerial sources, the daily said talks between “two accredited diplomats on the sidelines of a social event touched on the issue.”

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Kataeb: 'Hizbullah Communications Grid' in Rmeileh Poses Security Risk

The Kataeb Party on Monday warned that a reported military communications grid in the coastal town of Rmeileh near Sidon poses a “security risk to residents.”

“The installation of a Hizbullah communications grid in the town of Rmeileh is a blatant attack on the state's sovereignty and it poses a security risk to residents,” Kataeb said in a statement issued after the weekly meeting of its political bureau.

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Berri Holds 'Positive, Very Good' Meeting with Hariri

Speaker Nabih Berri announced Monday that his latest dispute with Prime Minister Saad Hariri has ended, after talks between the two leaders in Ain el-Tineh.

The Berri-Hariri meeting followed talks in Baabda with President Michel Aoun over the tensions with Israel in the wake of its large-scale air raids in Syria.

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Aoun Says Syria War Won't Affect Lebanon, 'No Winners, Losers' in Elections

President Michel Aoun has reassured that Syria's raging war will not affect Lebanon, noting that there will be no “winners or losers in the upcoming elections.”

“We have managed to create a situation in which losses and victories in Syria do not have an effect and Lebanon would maintain a state of stability and prosperity without getting entangled in conflicts,” Aoun said in an interview with Egypt's ON Live TV.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against Sabhan to Protect 'National Interest'

A Lebanese judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Saudi minister, saying it would harm the country's “higher national interest.”

“Beirut First Examining Magistrate Ghassan Oueidat has issued a ruling in which he decided not to proceed with the lawsuit filed by liberated captive Nabih Hussein Awada via his lawyer Hassan Bazzi against Saudi State Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan,” the National News Agency said.

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Hariri after Baabda Summit: Lebanon United in Face of Israeli Violations

Prime Minister Saad Hariri emphasized after a summit at Baabda Palace with President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri that Lebanon will always have “unified stances to confront Israel's violations,” the National News Agency reported on Monday.

“Our stances will always be united to confront Israel's violations against Lebanon,” assured Hariri.

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