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Mashnouq Says Presidential Vacuum Shouldn't Paralyze State

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashbouq considered on Friday that presidential vacuum should not obstruct state institutions, urging rival parties to confront terrorism and fortify the national unity.

“Are we supposed to paralyze the state if we failed to elect a new head of state?” Mashnouq wondered in remarks published in As Safir newspaper.

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Kuwaiti Speaker in Beirut to Discuss Syrian Refugee Crisis

Kuwaiti Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim is scheduled to visit Beirut on Friday to discuss with Lebanese officials the crisis of Syrian refugees, al-Liwaa newspaper reported.

During his two-day visit, al-Ghanim will hold talks with Speaker Nabih Berri and tour with Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas encampments of Syrian refugees.

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Salam Expects Breakthrough to Cabinet Dispute, Calls for Stability amid Regional Turmoil

Prime Minister Tammam Salam expected that the ongoing cabinet dispute would reach a breakthrough before its next session, stressing on importance of safeguarding the local situation amid the turmoil in the region.

“I was keen during Thursday's cabinet session to fortify consensus over the mechanism” regulating the government’s work during the ongoing presidential vacuum, Salam said in comments published in As Safir newspaper on Friday.

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Berri Renews Paralysis Warning, Calls for Unity to Confront Region's 'Storms'

Speaker Nabih Berri renewed his warning against the paralysis of state institutions and hoped that the move of Jihadists on Baghdad would trigger unity among the Lebanese rival parties to confront any possible repercussion.

In remarks to several local newspapers published on Friday, Berri reiterated his criticism of the MPs boycotting parliamentary sessions.

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Bou Saab Announces Class Resumption at LU, Teachers Allowed to Boycott Correcting Exams

Minister of Education Elias Bou Saab announced on Thursday evening that classes at the Lebanese University will resume on Friday, after all obstacles in this regard “have been removed.”

"All obstacles have been removed concerning the Lebanese University's issues,” Bou Saab assured during a press conference he held at the Ministry.

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Grand Mufti Elections to be Held in August as Misqawi Calls for Polls as Soon as Possible

The head of Dar al-Fatwa's Islamic Endowments, Sheikh Hisham Khalifeh, called on Thursday for electing a new Grand Mufti in August, but this announcement was met with the opposition of the Higher Islamic Council, that demanded that the elections be held as soon as possible.

Khalifeh said that the elections would be held on August 31 at Dar al-Fatwa's headquarters in Aisha Bakkar.

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Two Arrested for Raping, Robbing over 60 Women in Mount Lebanon

Security forces announced on Thursday the arrest of two people accused of sexual molestation and of robbing women at gunpoint in the Mount Lebanon governorate.

"Rapes and robberies have been recorded recently against women in different regions in Mount Lebanon, and these acts were committed by unknown assailants using a blue Renault Rapid car and a navy blue Nissan Datsun,” the Internal Security Forces said in a communique.

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Mashnouq Foresees Economic Boom within 10 Years

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq stressed on Thursday at the end of a short visit to the Gulf country Qatar that “Lebanon will witness an economic boom within ten years due to the promising oil reserves.”

“The Arab investments in Lebanon haven't been lost during the last four decades, on the contrary they increased, despite all the turmoil that Lebanon passed through,” Mashnouq said during a meeting with President of the Qatari Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani and Qatari businessmen.

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Sawan Asks for Death Penalty against Palestinian 'Terrorists'

The military examining magistrate asked on Thursday for the death penalty against scores of Palestinians, who are on the run, for belonging to terrorist organizations, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Judge Fadi Sawan issued his indictment against the 31 Palestinians, accusing them of belonging to the Abdullah Azzam brigades and al-Qaida.

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Nusra Front Kills Syrian, Kidnaps 2 Others in Arsal

Al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front has killed a Syrian and kidnapped two others during an attack on refugees in the eastern Bekaa Valley, the state-run National News Agency reported on Thursday.

Gunmen from the terrorist group opened fire on an encampment of refugees in the Wadi Hmeid area of the northeastern border town of Arsal at around 11:00 pm Wednesday, NNA said.

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