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Aoun Calls Higher Defense Council for Urgent Meeting

President Michel Aoun called the Higher Defense Council for an “urgent” meeting on January 21 at Baabda Presidential Palace.

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Lebanon Receives Swiss Request for Cooperation on Salameh’s Fund Transfers, Najm Says

Caretaker Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm announced on Tuesday that she had received a request from judicial authorities in Switzerland to cooperate on an inquiry into financial transfers made by the Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, media reports said.

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Asmar Says Virus Death Rate is ‘Alarming’, Urges Abidance by Rules

Spokesperson of the Lebanese Higher Defense Council Brig. Gen Mahmoud al-Asmar warned on Tuesday of the latest alarming death rate in Lebanon as the result of coronavirus, noting that a decision to extend or not the lockdown is up to the government.

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Report: Shortage Aggravates in Baby Milk, Medicines, 300 Pharmacies Shutdown

Lebanon is reeling under multiple crises including a deteriorating health sector and a shortage in medicines as a result of the exchange rate crisis, which also reflected on a shortage in infant milk formula strictly sold at pharmacies, Asharq el-Awsat reported on Tuesday.

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UK Donates 100 Armored Vehicles to Lebanese Army

A ship will on Monday set sail from the south coast of the UK bound for Lebanon with 100 armored patrol vehicles (Land Rover RWMIK) donated by the British Government to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the British embassy said.

These vehicles, worth £1.5 million, will "further reinforce the stability on the Lebanese border with Syria and help the LAF to counter efforts by terrorists and smugglers to cross into the country," the embassy said in a statement.

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Lebanon Records Its Highest Virus Death Toll

Lebanon on Monday reported 53 new coronavirus deaths, a new record high daily death toll for the small country.

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Akar Urges End to Israeli Violations in Talks with UNIFIL Chief

Caretaker Deputy PM and Defense Minister Zeina Akar on Monday held talks in Yarze with UNIFIL chief Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col.

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Geagea Renews Call for Early Polls to Overcome 'Catastrophe'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Monday reiterated his call for early parliamentary elections in the face of the country’s multiple and compounded crises.

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Berri: Lebanon Enduring an Undeclared Blockade

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday said Lebanon is enduring an “undeclared blockade” as a result of its commitment to its principles, stressing that the country will never relinquish its oil and gas rights.

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Report: France Urges Saudi Arabia to Prevent Lebanon’s Collapse

A phone call between French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman broke the political stalemate in the problematic Lebanese file, Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported on Monday.

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