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New Batch of Syrian Refugees Return Home from Lebanon

Tens of Syrian refugees in the border villages of Shebaa and al-Arqoub started crossing the border from Lebanon on Monday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

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Report: Lebanon Cautions Against Street Protests to 'Pressure' Govt. Lineup

Lebanese officials and security leaders “agree to disagree” with resorting to street protests in a bid to solve the hurdle hampering the formation of the government out of “fear things spin out of control,” the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Monday.

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Al-Rahi Slams Officials for 'Seeking Partisan Interests, Heeding Foreign Diktats'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday blasted the country's political leaders for the ongoing delay in the Cabinet formation process.

“Why are things deadlocked in Lebanon? Isn't it because officials are running after their interests and calculations, and perhaps foreign diktats, without giving the least consideration to public welfare, the people or the state's interests?” al-Rahi said in his Sunday Mass sermon.

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Kanaan Sees 'Signs' that Govt. Formation is Near

There are “incomplete signs” that suggest that the government formation crisis is “heading towards a breakthrough,” Strong Lebanon bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan has said.

There are indications that the government “will be formed soon,” Kanaan added in a TV interview.

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Berri Says 'Shiite Duo' Not Vetoing 'Sovereign Portfolio' for LF

Hizbullah and its Shiite ally AMAL Movement have no “veto” on the possibility of granting the Lebanese Forces a so-called sovereign ministerial portfolio in the new government, Speaker Nabih Berri has said.

“Berri was totally clear in telling (caretaker Information) Minister (Melhem) Riachi (of the LF) that he is helping PM-desingate (Saad) Hariri in his mission and that he has nothing to do whatsoever in the issue of sovereign portfolios that will go to Christians,” An-Nahar newspaper reported Sunday.

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Gunmen Handed Over after Clash in Mieh Mieh Camp

Two Palestinian militants were handed over to the Lebanese Army at midnight after an armed clash in the Mieh Mieh refugee camp in south Lebanon, the National News Agency said.

“Palestinian forces handed over to Lebanese Army intelligence agents the Palestinians Saleh Ghali and Samer al-Masri, who were behind the armed clash in the Mieh Mieh camp yesterday,” NNA said.

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Berri Meets Riachi in Ain el-Tineh

Speaker Nabih Berri welcomed on Saturday in his Ain el-Tineh residence caretaker Minister of Information Melhem Riachi, the state-run National News Agency reported.

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PSP Says ‘Rightful’ Demand for Representation Not to Be Called ‘Obstacle’

In light of endeavors and contacts between political parties aiming at easing obstacles delaying the Cabinet formation, including a so-called Druze “stalemate,” Progressive Socialist Party sources refused to speak of it as an obstacle saying it is more a “right for proper representation and partnership,” al-Joumhouria daily reported Saturday.

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Syrian Air Defenses Engage 'Enemy Target' Near Lebanon

Syrian air defences engaged an "enemy target" near the border with Lebanon west of Damascus overnight, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday.

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Report: ‘Cautious Optimism’ on Cabinet Formation as Talks Gather Momentum

The latest drive of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to line-up Lebanon’s Cabinet has raised the level of optimism on its imminent formation shall the latest contacts succeed at solving the Christian and Druze obstacles, media reports said on Saturday.

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