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Nasrallah Tells Trump, Netanyahu that Hizbullah, Iran Will Remain Defiant

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday stressed that Hizbullah and Iran will remain defiant in the face of the growing U.S. pressure.

“We are fighting a grand battle and America and Israel are trying to besiege our camp,” Nasrallah said in brief political remarks during a religious sermon marking the ninth eve of the Shiite Ashoura commemorations.

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Fifth PSP Supporter Held over Qabrshoun Incident

A fifth supporter of the Progressive Socialist Party was detained Monday in the ongoing probe into the deadly Qabrshmoun incident.

The National News Agency said Military Examining Magistrate Marcel Bassil questioned two PSP supporters and two Lebanese Democratic Party supporters in the second interrogation session in the case, in the presence of their lawyers.

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U.S. State Dept. Official Begins Lebanon Visit by Meeting Hariri

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Monday evening at the Center House with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, who was accompanied by the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.

The meeting was held in the presence of Hariri’s adviser ex-minister Ghattas Khoury. A statement issued by Hariri’s office said discussions focused on “the developments in Lebanon and the region, and the bilateral relations between the two countries.”

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Khalil Says Cabinet to Begin Discussing 2020 State Budget

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Monday held talks at the Grand Serail with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The National News Agency said the discussions tackled “the general economic and financial situations.”

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Israeli Army Resumes Drilling, Barricading Works Opposite al-Wazzani

The Israeli army on Monday resumed drilling and barricading works near the military road that is adjacent to the electronic border fence opposite the Lebanese al-Wazzani park, Lebanon’s National News Agency said.

An Israeli military patrol meanwhile combed the military road next to the border wall between the Israeli settlement of Metulla and the hills of the Lebanese town of Adaisseh.

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Aoun Hails Political Reconciliations, Says Lebanon Won’t Collapse

President Michel Aoun on Monday praised the latest reconciliations between political parties, and urged the Lebanese not to have any fear for the future, the National News Agency reported.

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Hariri Refutes Claims about 'Evading' Russian Military Cooperation

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s media office refuted claims on Monday published in Hizbullah’s al-Akhbar newspaper about Lebanon’s military cooperation with Russia.

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Jumblat: Dialogue Restored between PSP, Hizbullah

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Monday said that dialogue with Hizbullah has restored normalcy thanks to Speaker Nabih Berri’s efforts.

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Mattis Says Iran Assassinated Hariri

Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis accused Iran of the 2005 assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri as he highlighted the threats posed by the Persian country in the region.

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Hizbullah Says Downs Israeli Drone over South Lebanon

Hizbullah said Monday it had shot down an "Israeli drone" as it crossed the border into Lebanon, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes.

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