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Bassil Says Has No Intention to Hamper Government

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and head of the Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc, voiced calls in a press conference on Friday for “solidarity between politicians and civilians alike in order to end the current crisis,” in Lebanon.

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Presidency Says ‘Confusion’ over Budget Article Delays Aoun’s Signature

The Lebanese Presidency office issued a statement on Friday saying there has been some confusion over a budget article related to state hires delaying President Michel Aoun from signing off the 2019 state budget.

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Berri Praises Jumblat’s Qabrshmoun Proposal, Says Govt. Paralysis Must End

Speaker Nabih Berri said that adjoining the controversial cases of Qabrshmoun and Choueifat incidents is a “real chance” to overcome the political crisis, as he called for ending the government paralysis, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

“It is a good and viable opportunity that can be approved in the Cabinet followed by a comprehensive reconciliation meeting at the Baabda Palace to bring the matter back to the pre-Choueifat incident,” said Berri in remarks he made to the daily.

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Lebanon Mourns Tunisian President

Lebanon mourns Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi who passed away Thursday with flags ordered to fly at half-staff on the Presidential Palace in Baabda and the Grand Serail.

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Hariri Holds Talks with Aoun in Baabda

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday held talks with President Michel Aoun in Baabda, amid continuous efforts to resume cabinet sessions and resolve the crisis over the deadly Qabrshmoun incident.

The National News Agency said talks tackled “the general situations in the country, the outcome of the ongoing consultations and contacts over the repercussions of the Qabrshmoun incident, and the approval of the state budget in parliament.”

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Mashrou' Leila to 'Apologize to Christians' before Byblos Gig

A Lebanese indie band is to play at a music festival in Byblos next month, but only after apologizing for two songs deemed offensive to Christians, organizers said.

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Kanaan: Nations Can Be Wasted in Power Games

MP Ibrahim Kanaan on Thursday said in a tweet that nations can be lost when parties in a nation fight over power and dominance.

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Palestinians Pursue their Strike in Ain el-Hilweh

Palestinians refugees in the southern camp of Ain el-Hilweh are on an ongoing strike in protest against Lebanon's labour ministry cracking down on businesses employing foreign workers without a permit, media reports said on Thursday.

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Hariri Meets Lassen

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Wednesday evening at the Grand Serail with EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen, for a farewell visit, Hariri’s media office said.

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Khalil: Lebanon is Not Greece...Political Crises Cripple Economy

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil appeased concerns on Thursday and said that “Lebanon is not Greece” and is not in a state of bankruptcy as some rumors claim, assuring that it is capable of overcoming the crisis, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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