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Cabinet May Convene Next Week without Tackling Qabrshmoun Incident

Communication did not stop last week between the country’s top officials regarding the political crisis that has been sparked by the deadly Qabrshmoun incident, media reports said.

“Proposals have been discussed as to separating between the Qabrshmoun incident and the government’s work,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Netanyahu Warns of 'Crushing' Retaliation after Nasrallah's Remarks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah that "crushing" retaliation would follow any attack, after Nasrallah said the group's rockets could reach Tel Aviv.

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FPM, PSP Ministers in Fresh War of Words

A fresh exchange of tirades erupted Sunday between a minister from the Progressive Socialist Party and another from the Free Patriotic Movement.

“It was wrong to allocate the Ministry of the Displaced to a movement that does not believe in the (Mount Lebanon) reconciliation and to a person who does not believe in coexistence but is rather living the grudges of the past, the tumors of the present and the paranoia of the future,” Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour of the PSP said in a statement.

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Hizbullah MP Denies Opening Fire at Damour Police Station

MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi of Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc on Sunday denied reports claiming that he had “stormed the Damour police station at midnight” where he “shot a young man.”

“Reports that I shot a person from the Mokdad family are utter lies,” Moussawi told al-Jadeed TV.

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Bassil Urges ‘Christian-Muslim Equality’ on Visit to South

Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Sunday called for “equality between Christians and Muslims” during a tour of the South governorate.

“From now until a civil state reached, we must live equality between Christians and Muslims, according to our system and constitution, but not to remain captives of sectarianism, seeing as we believe in the civil state,” Bassil said in the Marjeyon district town of Qlayaa.

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Raad Says Hizbullah Pushing for Conciliation in Qabrshmoun Incident

Hizbullah MP Mohammed Raad said on Saturday that his party was drumming up support for a legal conciliation to resolve the deadly Qabrshmoun incident that ignited sectarian tension between the Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Democratic Party and the latter’s ally the Free Patriotic Movement.

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Lebanese Man Killed in Colombia

Lebanese citizen Khaled Jamal al-Saghir has been killed in the Colombian city of Santa Maria, media reports said on Saturday.

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Kanaan Submits Final Draft Budget Report to Berri

Head of the Parliament's Finance and Budget Committee, MP Ibrahim Kanaan submitted to Speaker Nabih Berri the final report on the draft 2019 state budget as approved by the committee, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

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Report: Venezuela Denies One of Its Ministers is Linked to Hizbullah

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denied the US accusations that one of his ministers is linked to Hizbullah party, media reports said on Saturday.

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Nasrallah Stands by Arslan, Says U.S. Seeking 'Communication' with Hizbullah

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday called for pacification in connection with the deadly Qabrshmoun incident but stressed that his party “stands by its ally” MP Talal Arslan.

“From the very first moments after the Qabrshmoun incident, we started our contacts to pacify the situation,” Nasrallah revealed in an interview on al-Manar television.

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