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Egypt PM Stresses Support for Lebanon in Talks with Aoun

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held talks Friday with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace.

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Jumblat Says Hizbullah Must Realize 'Only the State Can Protect Them'

Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat said Thursday that Hizbullah "will realize one day that only the state can protect them."

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Nasrallah Says Jumblat Remarks Worthless, Vows to 'Crush' Any Israeli Invaders

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday hit out at Druze leader Walid Jumblat without naming him, saying his remarks on the identity of the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms are "worthless."

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Exemptions for MPs, Ministers Revoked as Budget Debate Continues

The Cabinet on Thursday agreed to revoke customs and registration exemptions for cars owned by MPs and ministers and to slap fees on special number plates as part of austerity measures related to the 2019 state budget.

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Mustaqbal, Berri's Bloc Discuss Draft Electoral Law

MPs from the Development and Liberation bloc of Speaker Nabih Berri and the al-Mustaqbal bloc of PM Saad Hariri held talks Thursday at the Center House.

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Samples Collected from Oil Spill Offshore Jiyeh

Research teams from the Lebanese Army, Civil Defense and the Environment Ministry collected samples on Thursday from the oil leak spotted a day earlier offshore the Jiyeh coastal area, LBCI TV station.

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Hariri Holds Talks with Madbouly

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks on Thursday with visiting Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly at the Grand Serail and discussed the latest developments, the situation in Lebanon and the Arab region and the bilateral relations between Lebanon and Egypt, the Premier’s media office said.

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Salameh Affirms Stability of Lebanese Pound Says ‘It Will Remain Stable’

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh assured during talks with the President on Thursday that the Lebanese Lira is stable, noting that the Bank will subsidize loans for the housing and productive sectors, the National News Agency said.

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Report: ‘Ain Dara’ Augments Contention between PSP, Hizbullah

The relation between the Progressive Socialist Party and Hizbullah has “never” experienced a “break-like stalemate” and a “unilateral” decision taken by Hizbullah without prior “warning,” Asharq al-Awsat said on Thursday.

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Jarrah Says Cabinet to Finalize Budget this Week

When the meeting of the Council of Ministers ended at the Grand Serail Wednesday, the Minister of Information Jamal Jarrah said the Cabinet plans to finalize discussions of the state budget this week.

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