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Khalil: September Salaries Secured but Need Legal Coverage

After Lebanon's highest constitutional authority decided to annul a tax hike law which people fear could affect the wage scale law, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said on Saturday the amount of money to cover the public sector salaries for September is “ensured,” al-Joumhouria daily reported Saturday.

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Lebanon Presidential Office: Rhetoric Attributed to Aoun about Hizbullah 'Inaccurate'

Media office of President Michel Aoun said on Friday that remarks published in the American al-Monitor website, quoting the President during his stay in New York, included “inaccurate positions and some came out of context,” the National News Agency reported.

“The Lebanese Presidency media office confirms that the positions made by the President are no different from what he said in the speech he delivered before the UN General Assembly and during his meetings with Arab and foreign officials and the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” said the statement.

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Israeli Strikes Hit 'Hizbullah Weapons' Depot by Damascus Airport, Monitor Says

Israeli strikes hit a weapons depot by Damascus airport overnight, targeting a warehouse reportedly belonging to Hizbullah, which is allied with the Syrian government, a monitor said Friday.

"Israeli warplanes targeted with rocket fire a weapons depot belonging to Hizbullah near the airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Aoun Back in Beirut, Sends Condolences to Mexican President after Earthquake

President Michel Aoun returned back to Beirut on Friday after taking part in the 72nd UN General Assembly session where he delivered a speech and held meetings with heads of state and officials of international organizations, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: Berri's Early Polls Call to 'Prevent Anew' Extension of Parliament Mandate

Speaker Nabih Berri's call to slash the parliament's extension term and bring the legislative polls closer, is aimed at preventing attempts to “further postpone the elections” under a delay plight of “creating magnetic voter cards,” the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat reported on Friday.

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Jumblat Deplores Trump-N.Korea Cycle of Jabs

Democratic Gathering bloc leader MP Walid Jumblat criticized on Thursday the fiery positions traded between the United States and North Korea saying “what a future awaits us.”

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Report: Lebanon in 'Safe Zone,' Security Under Control

Pre-emptive security measures taken by Lebanon's military and security apparatuses have an important impact in “preserving the country's safety and sparing Lebanon from great risks,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

“Lebanon's safety is a red line. The series of pre-emptive operations carried out by the army, the successive arrests of terrorists and uncovering their sleeper cells had a profound effect on maintaining internal security and sparing Lebanon a lot of risk,” an unnamed military source told the daily.

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EU and U.N. Team Up to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls

The European Union and the United Nations launched a EUR 500 million Spotlight Initiative at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, a U.N. statement said.

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Berri: Lebanon Rejects All Forms of Settlement

After calls voiced by US President Donald Trump for seeking an approach for refugees settlement in their home region, Lebanon's parliament rejected on Wednesday the approach assuring that “there will be no settlement for refugees in Lebanon.”

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State Security Apprehends Culprit Involved in Terror Groups

State Security elements arrested a suspect with connections to the Islamic State extremist group in the northeastern border town of Arsal, the General Directorate of State Security said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Directorate noted that its elements have detained a Syrian national, identified as Ali R., in Arsal over engaging in fighting alongside terrorist organizations, said the statement.

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