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Cautious Calm in Ain el-Hilweh after Islamist Group Routed

The Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh was on Saturday witnessing cautious calm after a Palestinian "security operation" that ended in the withdrawal of an Islamist group from a camp's neighborhood and the escape of its leader.

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Presidency Denies Remarks Attributed to Aoun that Caused Financial Harm

The Presidency on Friday said a media report has “misinterpreted” President Michel Aoun’s latest remarks on the economic situation.

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Mustaqbal Says Hariri 'Knows His Jurisdiction' after Aoun Asks Him to Convene Cabinet

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has received a phone call from President Michel Aoun, who asked him to “hold a cabinet session as soon as possible,” news portal Mustaqbal Web, which is affiliated with Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal Movement, said on Friday.

Hariri adviser ex-MP Ammar Houry meanwhile told al-Markazia news agency that “PM Hariri knows his constitutional jurisdiction very well.”

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'Khomeini' Assassination Sparks Clashes in Ain el-Hilweh

Armed clashes broke out Friday afternoon in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp following the assassination of Hussein Alaeddine, aka “Abu Hassan Khomeini”.

The National News Agency said RPGs and machineguns were being used heavily in the camp’s al-Sifsaf area.

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Berri Sets Parliament Meeting in Oct. to Discuss Article 95

Speaker Nabih Berri has called the parliament for a meeting in October to discuss and explain Article 95 of the Lebanese constitution based on a letter sent by President Michel Aoun, the National News Agency reported on Friday.

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Rahi: The Lebanese Identity is in Danger

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said on Friday that the new political crisis in Lebanon and the “suffocating” economic conditions constitute a “threat” to Lebanon’s national identity and image.

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Report: Voting on Qabrshmoun Case in Cabinet Likely 'Dropped'

Several contacts were held overnight to resolve the Qabrshmoun crisis that crippled the cabinet meetings as sources close to Speaker Nabih Berri said that parties are considering a new initiative that may record a breakthrough, the pan-Arab al-Hayat newspaper said on Friday.

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Bukhari: 10,000 Hajj Visas Issued for Lebanese to Date

Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid al-Bukhari said on Thursday that around 10,000 visas have been issued for Lebanese nationals to perform the holy Hajj rituals to Mecca this year.

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Jumblat: Support for Taef Agreement Must Be Proven in Deeds

Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat congratulated the Lebanese military on Army Day as he voiced hopes that “mentalities” of rival “confrontations” are genuinely dropped.

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UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Statement on Lebanon’s Army Day

On the occasion of Lebanon’s 74th Army Day, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis today praised the committed professional efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces in safeguarding the security of Lebanon, its borders and its population, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and in extending State authority.

“With utmost patriotism, sacrifices and sometimes limited resources, the Lebanese army has played a tremendous role in keeping Lebanon and its people safe from the threat of terrorism, landmines, instability or other external or internal threats, including at the borders,” Mr. Kubis said.

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