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Airport Technicians, Civil Aviation Employees Protest Delayed Pay

Technicians and employees at Beirut’s airport Directorate-General of Civil Aviation staged a brief protest between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Friday against a monthlong delay in the payment of working hours, the National News Agency reported.

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Tabbara: New US Sanctions Unlikely to Influence Lebanon, US-Iran War Unlikely

The former Lebanese Ambassador to Washington Riad Tabbara said the new round of US sanctions on Hizbullah are unlikely to have serious consequences on Lebanon, pointing out that a US-Persian war is “unlikely,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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Hizbullah Slams 'Spiteful' Sanctions as 'Continued Assault on Lebanon'

Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc said Thursday that U.S. sanctions targeting two of the group's members in the Lebanese parliament are spiteful and won't force a change in their ideology or views.

The U.S. Treasury Department said it is targeting two Hizbullah lawmakers and a security official suspected of using their positions to further the aims of the militant group and Tehran's "malign activities."

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Actor Questioned over Suit Accusing Him of Insulting Religion, Aoun, Nasrallah

Lebanese actor Patrick Moubarak has been questioned by the Central Criminal Investigations Department over a lawsuit accusing him of insulting religion as well as President Michel Aoun and Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Acting State Prosecutor Imad Qabalan had initially ordered that Moubarak be remanded in custody for further investigations before deciding to release him over health concerns.

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Report: Bassil Proposes Dropping Judicial Council Demand in Return for Appointments

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil has proposed a swap under which Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan and his allies would drop their demand for referring the Qabrshmoun incident to the Judicial Council in return for administrative appointments that “would secure the March 8 Druze and Sunnis the shares that they want,” a media report said.

“It seems that ex-MP Walid Jumblat is flexible and might accept such a bargain, but Prime Minister Saad Hariri is rejecting Bassil’s manipulation of the Sunni appointments, seeing as he is fed up and will no longer accept any haggling over his share, role and jurisdiction,” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Thursday.

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Report: Arslan to Hand Over Wanted Bodyguards Thursday

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan has agreed to hand over the wanted bodyguards of Minister Saleh al-Gharib as part of the efforts to resolve the crisis over the deadly Qabrshmoun incident, a media report said.

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Arslan Insists on Judicial Council, Jumblat Slams 'Juvenile Jumping to Conclusions'

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan has reiterated his insistence on referring the deadly Qabrshmoun incident to the Judicial Council, as Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat has slammed what he called a "juvenile jumping to conclusions.”

“Our stance is clear: the Judicial Council is the key point,” Arslan tweeted.

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Aoun Regrets U.S. Hizbullah Sanctions, Hariri Says Won't Affect Parliament, Govt.

President Michel Aoun decried on Wednesday new U.S. sanctions targeting two Hizbullah lawmakers, as Prime Minister Saad Hariri sought to reassure the public that the fragile economy won't be affected.

Aoun said the U.S. decision to target lawmakers was regrettable, adding that his government will pursue the matter with American officials.

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Berri Deplores US Sanctions Against Hizbullah MPs

Parliament speaker Nabih Berri deplored on Wednesday the fresh US sanctions targeting two Hizbullah lawmakers saying "they are an aggression against the whole country."

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Gharib Visits Rahi: Adamant on Referring Qabrshmoun Case to Judicial Council

Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib on Wednesday relayed after meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi the latter's denunciation of Qabrshmoun incident, stressing commitment to the Christian-Druze reconciliation and coexistence in the Mountain region, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

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