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Annahar Daily Issues Blank Edition to Protest Political Gridlock

The reputable Lebanese newspaper Annahar, issued a surprising blank edition of its paper on Thursday in a move described by its Editor-in-chief Nayla Tueini as a protest against the "deteriorating conditions in the country at all levels."

Tueini who held a televised press conference to explain the move, said that Lebanon “is facing one of the most dangerous stages of all times. The white pages of the daily is an expression towards the country's disastrous situation," she said.

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Judge Orders Investigation into ‘Leaked’ Names of Presidential Delegation to Armenia

State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud has ordered investigations to look into who leaked the names of the delegation accompanying President Michel Aoun to Armenia where he is set to partake in the Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, the State-run National News Agency reported on Thursday.

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Report: FPM Rejects Accusations Blaming Bassil for Obstruction

The Free Patriotic Movement rejected accusations blaming its chief Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil of obstructing the formation of Lebanon’s government, saying his latest remarks have proven that “he wants to facilitate the formation process,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

“Anyone who looks well into Bassil’s latest remarks will know that they were meant to facilitate the formation,” FPM sources told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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LF, FPM Students Clash at USJ's Huvelin Campus

Students from the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement engaged in a brawl Wednesday at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

The National News Agency said the clash erupted inside USJ's Huvelin Campus.

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Berri Voices Cautious Optimism on Govt. Formation Process

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday voiced cautious optimism over the reported progress in the cabinet formation process.

“It's about time everyone shouldered their responsibilities to finalize the government issue,” Berri told lawmakers during the weekly Ain el-Tineh meeting.

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Army Nabs Top Ain el-Hilweh Passport and Currency Forger

The most notorious passport and currency forger in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp was arrested Wednesday in a special army operation.

“Following surveillance and follow-up, the Intelligence Directorate managed today to arrest Palestinian fugitive Hassan Nawfal, aka Hassan al-Hakim, and an accomplice,” the army said in a statement.

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Aoun Travels to Armenia to Attend Francophonie Summit

President Michel Aoun departed on Wednesday leading an official delegation to Armenia to partake in the 17th Summit of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (IOF) in Yerevan on October 11-12, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The delegation included caretaker Minister of Culture Ghattas Khoury, caretaker Tourism Minister Avedis Kedanian and several other officials, NNA said.

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Report: Hizbullah Pressuring Officials to Invite Syria to AESD Summit

As Lebanon continues to invite Arab leaders to the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit it hosts in January, Hizbullah party has reportedly been “pressuring President Michel Aoun into inviting Syria” to the summit, the Kuwaiti Asseyasah daily reported on Wednesday.

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Police Arrest Suspect in Akkar over IS Links, Bombing Plans

The Internal Security Forces Information Branch arrested a suspect in the northern region of Akkar over links to the Islamic State terror organization, ISF said in a statement on Wednesday.

The detainee admitted during investigations that he had joined the IS ranks eight months ago through groups that encouraged him to carry out terror attacks in Lebanon instead of Syria, said the statement.

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Jumblat: An Offer for Settlement Doesn’t Mean Relinquishing Principles

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat emphasized on Wednesday that his offer to make a settlement to ease the government formation process must not be taken as a relinquishment of the party’s principles.

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