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Bassil Stresses FPM Not Sectarian, Says Some Annoyed by Its Alliances

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Sunday emphasized that the FPM is not sectarian while noting that some parties are “annoyed” by its political alliances.

“We stand on a firm ground of understandings that annoys a lot of parties, so they try to undermine them,” Bassil said during a visit to the Mt. Lebanon town of Kahale.

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Hariri Acts after Lebanese Workers Brutally Beaten in Kazakhstan

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has asked High Relief Commission chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir to intervene after a number of Lebanese workers in Kazakhstan were brutally beaten over an “Instagram picture.”

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Bteish Says Moody’s Report 'Unintimidating' and Lebanon Adheres to Pledges

After Moody’s credit analysis of Lebanon that drew controversy, Economy Minister Mansour Bteish said Moody’s warning is part of its job and that Lebanon abides by its commitments.

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Abu Faour: Firm Ties Will Be Restored between Mustaqbal-PSP

Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour of the Progressive Socialist Party affirmed on Saturday that ties between his party and al-Mustaqbal Movement will restore “stability and steadfastness” after what he said was temporary tension.

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World Bank Says Lebanon on Right Track Regarding Reforms, Urges ‘Vigor’ in Investment Projects

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met at the Center House with the World Bank Vice President for Middle East and North Africa Ferid Belhaj, accompanied by the Bank’s Regional Director for the Mashreq, Saroj Kumar Jha.

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Shamsi Says UAE Keen on Stability of Lebanon, Honors Press Syndicate

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Lebanon, Hamad Al-Shamsi, underlined mutual interests between Lebanon and the UAE, noting firm political relations between the two countries, the National News Agency said on Friday.

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Report: Qatar ‘Invests’ in Lebanese Debt

Qatar has reportedly bought Lebanese treasury bonds in a planned investment in Lebanese debt, Bloomberg News Agency said.

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Report: US-Mediated Border Talks ‘Did Not Fail,’ Satterfield in Beirut Tuesday

U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield is expected in Beirut on Tuesday to resume talks on the demarcation of maritime and land border between Lebanon and Israel, thwarting doubts the talks have faltered, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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Report: Moody’s ‘Analytical’ Report Didn’t Classify Lebanon

After Moody’s Investor Service report that Lebanon risks debt rescheduling despite budget, it has been noted that the report was rather “analytical” and did not classify the country, al-Joumhouria daily said on Friday.

Financial sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told the daily: “Moody's report is rather analytical and did not credit rate Lebanon. Rating will take place over the next two months by Moody's and Fitch Ratings during a planned visit to Lebanon to assess the economic and financial situation and publish the credit opinion on the 2018 results, and on the draft budget for 2019.

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IS Militant Involved in 'Dozens of Attacks' Arrested

An Islamic State group militant involved in “dozens of terrorist attacks” in Lebanon has been arrested, the army said on Thursday.

“The Intelligence Directorate has arrested the terrorist Hussein Ahmed al-Hujeiri who belongs to the Daesh group and is wanted on multiple arrest warrants,” the military said in a statement.

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