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Israeli Ministry Orders Ammonia Tank Shutdown amid Nasrallah Threats

Israel's environment ministry announced Wednesday it will not renew the license of an ammonia container in the port city of Haifa as it poses a potentially deadly threat to residents.

The container, which holds 12,000 tons of the toxic, corrosive liquid, puts the public "at a risk we cannot accept," the ministry said in a statement.

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Berri from Tehran: Igniting War in the Middle East Starts, Ends in Palestine

Speaker Nabih Berri extended appreciation for Iran for “supporting Lebanon in facing the Israeli occupation and its solidarity with the Army, people and the Resistance,” the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Berri spoke from Tehran where he delivered a speech at the opening of the sixth conference in support of Palestine Intifada. He thanked “Iran for its support and help for Lebanon to face the Israeli occupation and its solidarity with the Army, people and Resistance to free all our land and oblige Israel to commit to (UN) Resolution 1701,” added NNA.

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Jumblat: Le Pen's Remarks an Insult to Lebanese and Syrian People

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat criticized on Tuesday statements made by visiting French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen which he dubbed as “insulting.”

“Marine Le Pen's statements in Lebanon are inappropriate and are considered an insult to both the Syrian and Lebanese people,” said Jumblat in a tweet.

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Le Pen, Deryan Meeting Skipped over Headscarf Tilt

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf.

Le Pen was scheduled to meet with Mufti Deryan as part of her three-day visit to Lebanon this week where she met senior officials.

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Berri Sounds Alarm over Vacuum at Parliament

Efforts of various political parties have failed so far to agree on a new electoral law that will govern the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled in May, which has raised fears of vacuum at the parliament.

Speaker Nabih Berri sounded the alarm on Tuesday and stressed: “The country must not be driven towards vacuum, it is unacceptable, vacuum implies that the country is no more. The constitution has stipulated that Lebanon is a democratic republic with a parliamentary system. When the parliament falls and enters into vacuum, what will be left of the republic?”

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Hariri Meets Le Pen: Amalgam between Islam and Terrorism Worst Mistake

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received on Monday France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, accompanied by MP Gilbert Collard, her chief of staff Nicolas Lesage in the presence of Hariri's chief of staff, Nader Hariri.

During the meeting, Hariri cautioned against associating his religion with the terrorist attacks of the jihadists who have repeatedly targeted France.

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Karam: Hizbullah Hampering Electoral Law for Regional Considerations

MP Fadi Karam accused Hizbullah on Monday of hampering attempts to agree on an electoral law for the upcoming parliamentary polls for what he described as “regional” reasons.

“Hizbullah is obstructing endeavors to agree on a new electoral law for regional considerations,” Karam told VDL (93.3) radio station.

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Report: Russia Willing to Help Lebanon with Electoral Law

Russia is likely to give Lebanon a helping hand in finding a new parliamentary electoral law format acceptable by all political parties, to save the country from “sliding into a political crisis,” al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

“Moscow will possibility make a move to help (Lebanon) find a format for a new electoral law acceptable by all forces, to avoid potentials of a political crisis that could open the door on an exposed security situation in Lebanon,” sources told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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France's Le Pen in Lebanon, Calls for Bolstering Ties

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks in Beirut with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun.

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Riachi Says No Negotiations between LF and Hizbullah

Lebanese Forces Information Minister Melhem Riachi emphasized on Saturday that contacts with Hizbullah are merely limited to the party's ministers and lawmakers, the state-run National News Agency reported.

“We do not negotiate with Hizbullah. There are some contacts limited to Hizbullah ministers and deputies,” said Riachi during a visit to the eastern city of Zahle where LF MP Toni Abi Khater received him at his residence in the presence of a number of LF lawmakers.

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